Monday, March 16, 2009

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Some people take their jobs way too seriously. A prime example is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney who insists on a deportation hearing for a man who died over six months ago.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Nasin Mauricio Rivera died in San Bernardino County in August and his body was shipped to his native El Salvador for burial.

Seven months later, the federal government is still proceeding with the deportation case against him. A hearing is scheduled for this summer.

"To us, it's a matter of principle -- a dead person should not be deported," said immigration attorney Edgardo Quintanilla. At a November hearing in Los Angeles Immigration Court, attorney Alberto Lopez presented a photocopy of Rivera's death certificate. Lopez had obtained the copy from Blanca Ramirez, who was divorced from Rivera but still lived with him in Echo Park.

Lopez said the attorney from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him the copy wasn't sufficient.

The claimed reason for the continuing litigation is that the death certificate wasn't a certified copy of the official one. Because at the time of Mr. Rivera's death he wasn't married to Ms. Ramirez, she could only get an "informational" certificate. An authorized copy is available only to specified family members and law enforcement. Even Mr. Rivera's attorney couldn't get one.

The ICE attorney, however, could have requested one and received it if he or she suspected a scam, but apparently that either was too much work or would have put a dent in his or her statistics. So the hearing is still on.

This would be funny were it not for the fact that it's a waste of time and taxpayer money. It's also an indication of how this agency operates and what the mindset of the ICE attorneys is.

What will be funny if the hearing proceeds and an order of deportation issues and there is no one to deport, not even a body. I wonder what category that statistic will fit into.




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