When a 26-year-old felon fatally shot a 30-year-old Fort Myers, Fl., police officer last month, many eople wanted to know how gunman Abel Arrango slipped through the justice and immigration systems and onto city streets, says the Ft. Myers News-Press. Arrango, a Cuban immigrant, had already been convicted of violent crimes. Since his release from prison, he was ordered deported, but Cuba refused to accept him and he couldn’t be held longer than six months.
Gov. Charlie Crist wants to give local courts the advanced technology needed to check warrants from other jurisdictions. If the program works, it may be put in place statewide. U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney wants to imprison indefinitely violent legal immigrants who are not citizens or nationals and cannot be deported. Fort Myers interim police chief Doug Baker said violent offenders such as Arrango are akin to “terrorism in your own back yard.” He said the government’s efforts are a step in the right direction.