Friday, April 22, 2005

Army reservist who held migrants at gunpoint won't be prosecuted

OMG - there is actually an attorney out there with some common sense and litigatory control?!

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas declined Wednesday to prosecute an Army reservist from a Michigan unit who acknowledged having held seven Mexican men at gunpoint at a southwestern Arizona rest stop.

Sgt. Patrick Haab did not commit a crime and was making a lawful citizen's arrest when he detained six illegal immigrants and the man smuggling them, Thomas said at a news conference.
Yet, lest the rest of us grab our guns and go a-huntin' for illegals to arrest, Thomas is sure to specify:

"This is not a green light to intimidate, threaten, or detain anyone merely suspected of being in this country illegally. Mere presence in the U.S. illegally is a crime, but not in itself a felony, so other factors must be present in order to justify a citizens' arrest. In this case, the other factor was the human smuggling," Thomas added.


Whew! Now the illegals in this country can rest easier - because I'm sure they were really worried about that!

Army reservist who held migrants at gunpoint won't be prosecuted

Hat tip: The Immigration Blog