Yesterday I wrote, “We don’t know yet if Matthew Denice’s killer, Nicolas Guaman, has a prior record. If it turns out that he does this thing is really going to blow up.”
Well… boom. Today’s Globe:
The arrest of Guaman and reports that he previously faced criminal charges raised concern about why he had not already been reported to immigration authorities, and highlighted the ongoing debate over a federal initiative to identify illegal immigrants.
Milford police arrested Guaman in 2008 on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and at least one public employee and of breaking and entering, according to the police and the Worcester district attorney’s office. The case was continued without a finding for one year. Police said he also faced a few minor traffic charges dating to 2007, but the district attorney’s office could not confirm that information.
This is the situation that Secure Communities opponents always say will not happen – the illegal immigrant who is arrested but not deported, his immigration status deliberately ignored, who eventually goes and kills a wholly innocent person. Such a proposition, they say, is a figment of the right’s fevered imagination; fear-mongering of the most loathsome variety; racist.
This isn’t about that. This is very simple:
Guaman was arrested in 2008 on serious charges. Assault and battery on a police officer, among others. Had the Secure Communities program (which was then in the third year of a “pilot program” in Boston) been up and running across the Commonwealth, Guaman’s fingerprints would have been transmitted to federal immigration authorities and he would have faced deportation… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS