Despite receiving billions of dollars in aid from the United States over many years, Haiti refuses to allow the repatriation of an illegal immigrant from Haiti who served a 15-year sentence for the savage stabbing death of a Connecticut woman. Because of Haiti’s refusal, the U.S. Government could not deport him. He was released from prison by federal authorities, but is not tracking his whereabouts.
 
The Haitian government refused on three occasions to take back convicted killer Jean Jacques. He was listed as a passenger on three different flights to Haiti.
Just a few years after arriving illegally in the United States in the 1990s, Jacques began a series of crimes. He was convicted of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm in 1996. He served 15 years of a 20-year sentence but was returned to prison after violating the terms of his probation. He was eventually released for good in January 2015.
 
Six months after his release, Jacques stabbed Casey Chadwick (25) to death in Norwich, Connecticut. Chadwick died of multiple sharp forced injuries to her head and neck, and also suffered various vascular injuries, Norwich police said. "She was beautiful. She was an absolutely beautiful girl," said Chadwick’s mother, Wendy Hartling, in an interview with local media. 
 
The 41-year-old Jacques was convicted of the fatal stabbing. “He was supposed to be automatically deported,” said Attorney Chester Fairlie, who represents Chadwick’s estate. “ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) had custody of him three times and let him go.” Wendy Hartling said at the trial, “If they did their job, we wouldn’t be here, because Casey would be here." Jacques faces a 60-year sentence.
 
Casey Chadwick (L)
 
Fairlie said he will file a list of questions to ICE under the Freedom of Information Act, while other steps are being planned once more information is learned about immigration officials’ actions. 
 
Connecticut is among the jurisdictions that has provided illegal immigrants with “sanctuary” policies that forbid local law enforcement authorities to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement. Connecticut provides illegal immigrants with special drivers’ licenses.
 
However, Chadwick’s gruesome death ignited a fire beneath the Connecticut’s all-Democrat congressional delegation— avid defends of the sanctuary movement — to demand an investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security.
 
The investigation was added to the department’s list of “ongoing projects” earlier this year. The IG’s report was released earlier this month, condemning Immigration and Customs Enforcement of DHS for its failure to deport Jacques and for failing to contact the Haitian consulate in Florida to request a travel document after Jacques’ third repatriation rejection.
 
“There is no record that ICE ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations) made this request,” the report states, adding that “ERO officials had previously made hundreds of similar requests to the Haitian consulates for travel documents without success and we have no reason to believe that the Jacques matter would have been different.” 
ICE apparently did not consult the State Department for help, believing that State’s involvement was limited to aliens engaged in terrorism or human rights violation. Once  Jacques was released, supervision was “minimal and ineffective,” the IG reported.
 
This is not the first time federal immigrations have been in the spotlight over failures to address criminal aliens’ activities. Among them is the case of Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador who murdered three innocent Americans – a father and two sons – who he had mistaken for rival gang members.
 
Ramos was a member of the infamous MS-13 narco-terrorist organization, which has its origins in El Salvador. Before the shooting, Ramos had been convicted of two felonies as a juvenile  for a gang-related assault on a bus passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman. However, he was allowed to remain the United States.
 
In another case, Carlos Montano – an illegal alien from Bolivia – was driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010 when his car cross over a median and crashed into another vehicle carrying three Catholic nuns. One was killed and the other two were critically injured. A probe revealed that Montano was driving with a revoked license, and had previous arrests for drunk driving. Local police turned over Montano over to federal immigration officials at least once, but he was never deported. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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