CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Chattanooga says government prosecution of nine illegal immigrants on criminal charges is an "Alice in Wonderland scenario."
U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice (mu-TYS’) declined last week to jail Juana Montano-Perez, the first of the nine who have admitted to Social Security fraud.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Mattice cited what he called "two agencies acting precisely in cross purposes" and the "ambivalence" of the U.S. Congress when it comes to immigration law.
People found to be in the U.S. illegally are usually deported, but those charged in this case had been issued rare "U” visas which prevent them from being deported for four years. The newspaper reported those came courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security after an investigation found their employer severely exploited their illegal-worker status.