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'John Doe' arrested, held on immigration detainer

Thursday, December 27, 2012

“John Doe”
When the man's car was pulled over by a patrolman in Perry County early Christmas morning, he allegedly told the officer his name was Roberto Jaime Soto Jr. After the man was placed in handcuffs, Sheriff Gary Schaaf was told it was Oscar Flores Maldonado who was being brought to the Perry County Jail. In its police reports, the Missouri State Highway Patrol settled on the last name the man reportedly gave -- Manuel Chavez Aguero.

So, when prosecutor Thomas Hoeh went into his office on the holiday specifically to file charges, he went with "John Doe."

Whatever the man's name, the five felony forgery counts Hoeh handed him -- for signing police paperwork with a phony name during his arrest -- don't seem to be his only legal troubles. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, wants to speak to him before he is released from custody.

In addition to the county charges, Doe, as he's referred to in Perry County court papers, is being held on a so-called federal ICE detainer, which asks that he be kept in custody as the agency determines whether to initiate deportation proceedings.

Officials with the agency, which has deported more than 409,000 people this year, were tight-lipped Wednesday about why they're interested.

"Most of the information on people that we arrest is private," said ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer. "We extend privacy rights to foreign nationals the same as we do U.S. citizens."

Still, immigration detainers, or holds, are typically used on people deemed deportable, usually for participation in a crime or being in the country illegally. The agency, which is under the Department of Homeland Security, issued new detainer guidelines last week to limit the use of such detainers to only the most serious offenders.

But Neudauer said that doesn't necessarily mean that the man arrested in Perry County on Tuesday is among their most wanted. The man may have been arrested during a "crossover period," Neudauer said, as they are just beginning to implement the new policy.

"Right now, all I can tell you is that we have reason to believe we need to speak to him," Neudauer said. "He hasn't come into our custody yet. He was arrested by the state patrol. When the local jurisdiction is done, they will just let us know so we can come and speak with him."

ICE priorities include finding and deporting those who have broken criminal laws, made threats to national security or illegally crossed borders. But, with the detainers coming under fire for holding some people too long for relatively minor offenses, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano directed ICE to focus its resources on key priorities.

In this man's case, ICE may be interested only because he was criminally charged, Neudauer said.

Hoeh said he doubts that a man who has nothing to hide would use a fake name.

"We wouldn't be surprised to learn there is possibly an illegal alien on our hands," Hoeh said.

The man initially was pulled over for failing to drive on the right half of the roadway, but drew the trooper's suspicions when the man used a nondriver ID that did not look like him, Hoeh said. When the man signed a ticket with a fake name, Hoeh said, it was fraud.

"You think of a forgery as a forged check," Hoeh said. "But the statutes say if you sign your name to perpetuate a fraud, it's forgery. He was professing to be somebody he's not."

A patrol spokesman from Troop C did not return several phone calls Wednesday to see if it had firmly identified the man as Aguero, age 27, of Fairmont City, Ill.

The man remained in custody Wednesday on a $5,000 cash-only bond. Online court filings show that Doe has yet to have an attorney. The forgery charges carry a possible penalty of up to 25 years in prison.



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409,000. Wow, we've deported 2% of the problem. Only another 50 years to go.

He should claim he's related to Obama.

-- Posted by bbollmann on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 9:07 AM

Um, did you miss the part where he could be part of the cross over? Once the immigration process is initiated, it could literally takes years for achieve. Do some research before you spew.

-- Posted by Bahama on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 9:53 AM

Cross over?? Either you are here LEGALLY or your not. Plain and simple. Plenty of others have gone through the steps to live here legally. Quit being lazy and do it the right way. Otherwise, be deported.

-- Posted by cartman89 on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 10:00 AM

Doesn't obama have several relatives here illegally?

-- Posted by scared of the future on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 12:33 PM

Are we kidding ourselves that the policy of our government is to protect the population from a silent invasion of illegal aliens? If this was the truth, why is it not a FELONY, to enter this sovereign nation without permission? Doesn't it make sense for rational human beings in Washington to spend our hard earned personal dollars on a double layer fence, encompassed with concertina razor wire, instead of taxing us to cater to the 20 million plus illegal migrants and immigrants? The hundreds of billions of dollars should be used to recruit more ICE and U.S. Border Patrol agents, to audit incorrigible businesses that hire nationals, and enforcement professionals to defend this country against criminals, drug dealers and the dregs from the gutters of central and South America. Something is seriously wrong with those we elect who pander to foreign nationals, instead of pouring our scant currency to our own people in poverty? WHAT IS A MATTER WITH THE WASHINGTON INSIDERS, WHO CARE MORE FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO DISRESPECT OUR LAWS, OUR FLAG, OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR LANGUAGE?

These lawmakers are dividing this country, especially the Obama administration who wants even more revenue to pay for illegal aliens, instead of spending far less and doing the job, they were elected for? Or as I surmise there was untold numbers of illegal aliens and "freeloaders" who perjured themselves in the presidential election. It was utterly strange or more so questionable, that states with picture ID requirements had a much more favorable voting public for Mitt Romney, GOP and the ever present TEA PARTY? Why are the politicians who are supposed to have our protection in mind, for the people who pay their salaries not voting for the LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL, which is part of the E-Verify Provision? As the great English playwright stated in the tragic saga of Romeo and Juliet "Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's armpit. Mercutio, furious and appalled, cries "a plague a' both your houses" That is what a large portion of the U.S. population thinks of Democrats, Liberals and the Republicans? It is an outrageous situation with our deficit rising above a 16 trillion dollars and Obama wants more. President Obama will be forever known as the "Entitlement President". He wants to spend America out of existence, and the Liberal Progressives are pushing him along with their Socialists thoughts. An agenda of open borders and keep spending everybody's tax dollars, and still wanting more.

The Sanctuary illegal alien states of California and Nevada are under water with growing insolvency. Then issuing Drivers licenses and a path to citizenship for anybody who can slip through the hundreds of thousands of miles of desolate areas without any barrier at all? Why do professionally skilled people even bother to apply legally, when they can be smuggled past border guards or anybody in that criminal frame of mind? Hundreds of thousands of individual wait patiently, but America ends up with the impoverished we must feed, house and keep healthy. Did the shiploads of people who entered America by steamship, through Ellis Island arrive here expecting welfare? NO! There was nothing? No Public assistance, no food stamps or low income housing. Thanks to Presidents Obama he sold us for votes from the "spongers" for food stamps and no real strict restrictions under his watch for all kinds of welfare. All he has managed to do is spend trillions more dollars and attract even more uneducated and desperate, which we must accommodate. Our laws are so porous that pregnant women are smuggling their unborn into the country, so they can apply for citizenship for their child. Once here, the child opens a official portal to birthright citizenship.

We must eliminate this fiat BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP, by the enacting an Amendment to Senator Kings 14th Amendment bill. Only offspring with a parent, who holds a legal right as a citizen, will be able to gift citizenship to that baby. Its not complicated and hundreds of billions of more dollars from now on in free schooling to K-12, health services and all the other welfare programs, which the spineless politicians seem not to care about? Other countries can carry out this service to its own countryman, why are we any different. We already offer visas to over a million legal immigrants annually and the majority not even qualified for essential jobs in Science, Techwork, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workers, as much fraud is involved. Agjobs are not orderly or regulated and so agricultural workers can easily vanish and add their cheap labor to the marketplace, placing low income U.S. labor at a disadvantage to be exploited by bad employers. In addition give legal immigrants who offer higher degrees, business investment and who hire Americans a special preference as a path to citizenship, as their contributions to our society are what we need. Not the poverty dropped on us from other countries that we are forced to support by the chaos in the judicial system?

Redress relating to voter fraud and incidents that are not being investigated. http://recountthevote.com/

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-- Posted by Brittanicus on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 4:32 PM

Good points, Brittanicus.

Just kidding. I stopped reading after the first sentence. I could sense an AM radio-style rant coming on.

-- Posted by Lippy Radeck on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 11:42 AM

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