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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:00 pm

Twice since last October, Juan Antonio Velazquez was arrested and booked into the Lodi jail.

Each time, he stayed in the city jail until he was arraigned in court and released from custody because the charges were not serious enough to keep him in custody, especially since the county jail is overcrowded.

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  • posted at 4:57 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.


    I really think the LPD should have something better in place to check for this. We tax payers are tired of the illegal's that fill this town.

  • posted at 3:29 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.


    Cogito wrote on Apr 2, 2008 8:32 AM:

    Regarding your post.

    STOP! My side is hurting from laughing so much. OH YA

  • posted at 3:13 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.


    Here in Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio is rounding up illegal immigrants even though he has been met with protests from Phoenix Mayo Phil Gordon and the Phoenix police chief.

    I'm so tired of the pandering here by Gordon and his cronies. Sheriff Joe is just doing his job.

  • posted at 11:14 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2008.


    If the US government seriously worked to stop this illegal invasion, then the unification of Mexico, Canada and America could not happen. Bush already agreed to and signed the (SSP) Security Prosperity Partnership between America, Canada & Mexico. With our corrupt government, demos and repubs, we are quickly becoming a socialist and facist government without borders. And with the socialists Obama, Hillary and McCain it will only happen quicker. They have all promoted and supported open borders while the republicans have done nothing to seriously stop the invasion.

  • posted at 12:00 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2008.


    Send the bill to the nearest Consulate Office.

  • posted at 6:49 am on Mon, Apr 7, 2008.


    For every ILLEGAL in our penal system, we should charge their native country for what it cost U.S taxpayers.Let Mexico pay for incarcerating their citizens who enter America illegally and commit crimes. If the are deported, let Mexico pay for the cost of deportation. Surely we have some economic leverage to make this happen.

  • posted at 6:13 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2008.


    Start doing your job LPD, The department should be checking the status at all times, Why should the people of lodi support the LPD when we have a serious illegal problem in this town

  • posted at 6:07 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2008.


    Until the Goverment starts going after all the Business that hire Illegals & Fine them, We are stuck with this Serious Illegal Undocumanted problem that is all over, I work for a company that if you are not legal you will not have a job, we work with contractors & other business that let us know up front, No illegal's are to be on the job site's. we all need to inforce this.

  • posted at 2:34 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2008.


    Accoss our nation, local jurisdictions are taking responsibility for the federal government to deal with the illegal alien problem.

    Again, the federal government has no intentions of having any border security.

  • posted at 3:30 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Hey Dogbark, I was just having fun and picking on those pesky Canadians. But you know, someone is dead because those who we charge with keeping the bad guys away from the good guys, dropped the ball. Illegals make up 3% of our population, and 17% of our federal prisoners. Not everyone who sneaks into the U.S. wants to work hard and build a better future for their progeny. We need to weed out the drug dealers, thieves, rapists, and murderers. Our government is in charge of protecting us. They need to do their job, politically correct or not.

  • posted at 8:32 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Cogito, I had an employee whose father used to call up, "Hey,bonjerno, issa my dottera ina atta da worka today?"
    (He was a LEGAL immigrant.) Guess what, none of his kids talked that way, had no accent at all, and none had bothered to learn Italian (only he and the wife spoke it when needing to talk 'around' the kids.) But today, the bnarrio's with their cash economy have second and third generation non- or poor English speakers. Why? Because if you completely embrace the American way, your success rests on your own shoulders. No blaming race.

  • posted at 7:09 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Why the common sense of it all almost hurts!
    First the LPD; then train our hospital staff, then the school administrators... Don't leave them anyplace to hide but the sweres. If we don't watch out we'll deport all our criminals... then what will we do? I guess we'll just have to go back to not locking all our doors and windows 24 hours a day.

  • posted at 4:53 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    You can tell by the comments people are tired of this it happens way to often, Send them all back, I'm sorry but if thay love their country so much, then can go back & change what you can. Learn English, Learn the laws, Enter the State in a correct way, Dont make a joke out of it. Lodi is so over crowded with this, How long will we have to put up with this garbage in this not so loveable town. Born & Raised in lodi & not proud of it.

  • posted at 4:17 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Glad to hear so many positive responses to ensure America's future. Now it is time to deport! Time to deport all the illegals, sorry kids... you too! I am not gonna pay for your education & health care> LEAVE!

    Look at ANY school in Lodi during recess: What do you see? I am not being racist, I am being a taxpayer! Do the MATH! Who contributes what?????

    Good Job LPD! With Chief Main at the helm, hopefully we will progress.

  • posted at 1:10 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    To Moderate: Quoting:"its an issue of larger social issues --- this man should never have gotten out (of prison). Well well well, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck it just might be a duck. Lets go one step further. IF HE WAS NOT ANOTHER ILLEGAL ALIEN (CRIMINAL) IN THE USA, we wouldn't have to put him in prison for his crimes. So as I say "GO BACK!"

    Perhaps "Moderate" would feel more comfortable in SFO where today Mayor Newsome allocated $88k to encourage illegals "to come out" of "hiding".

  • posted at 12:59 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    There has been too many killings in this town.This is not liveable, loveable, Lodi anymore. It seems to me that we need to get stronger about a lot of things in this town that need to be fixed. Illegal immigration is a major issue and needs to be dealt with Lodi. WAKE UP!

  • posted at 12:29 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    The key word is ILLEGAL. I truly believe the LPD should have something much better in place to check for this, The people are sick & tired of this. Send all illegals back.

  • posted at 10:09 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    To: OTH

    Deport them again, and their kids too!

  • posted at 10:08 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Just to make light of the serious illegal immigrant problem that plagues dear ol' Lodi and to poke fun at Hillary, a great quote that I heard...

    "Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented immigrant" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist"

    I feel bad for the guy who was killed in order to find out Valazquez was ILLEGAL. Good thing Lodi PD is finally making an attempt to catch these criminals and deport em'.

    Deport Pedro!

  • posted at 9:27 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Just one question, what do you do with the ones who have already been deported 8 or 9 times and still manage to come back?

  • posted at 8:05 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Leave it to one incident to get you all rialed up and make irrational decisions. This is not an issue of immigration, its an issue of the prison system and largr social issues. I think LPD is doing a great job with what they have, but there are some real issues when the US has the largest number of incarcerated people than any other industrial country. This man should have never gotten out

  • posted at 6:38 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    And if you call INS on the illegal status of an individual.....they tell you to contact your local law enforcement agency.....sheesh!!

  • posted at 6:07 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    "Nobody had really thought about checking each arrested person's immigration status, or who should make such checks."

    That statement boggles the mind. Residents have been screaming for this sort of thing to be done for YEARS. Was no one listening? This pass-the-buck-back-to-the-Feds mentality has got to go. But I guess local officials (of any jurisdiction, not just Lodi) can't be held responsible if it's "not their job", right?

  • posted at 3:55 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Finally common sense has appeared to have prevailed! Now let`s see how long it takes the ACLU or other left-wing fringe group to challenge it in court!

  • posted at 3:40 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    It is wrong
    to look the other way
    for the sake of
    being politically correct.

  • posted at 3:32 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    You know, I'm willing to risk the chastisement of being politically incorrect here, but if the perp doesn't speak English, or speaks it poorly, maybe an immigration status check would be in order. It's usually a pretty big red flag if you ask me. I think this is just laziness on the part of the PD. It could be done with minimal invasiveness to the individual. I would think that a legal immigrant would carry some form of I.D. If the person ends their sentences with "eh", they're likely an illegal Canadian, unless they have a Minnesota drivers license.

  • posted at 2:40 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    I think that its kinda funny that in a state thats running rampant with immigration problems that there wasn't already a policy in place. I'm from Oregon and there in every jail everyone booked is checked.

  • posted at 2:35 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Yeah!!! Finally my letters to the City Council worked. They are getting the training at the LPD. Now, people need to take to the streets to show the illegals, especially the anchor baby stroller pushers, that they are not welcome in our town. America, be a part of it legally or get out!

  • posted at 2:34 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    We live on the far left coast, liberal politicians will never act on these illegal aliens. Voters passed prop. 187 by over 57%, within days it was left for dead by a progressive judge appointed by former president Carter. Gov. Gray Davis made sure it didn't come up for debate in court, he just ignored the will of the people, wonder why people don't bother to vote.

  • posted at 2:28 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Finally, someone has decided to limit the incidence of crime! Thank you LPD! Whoever thought of this solution should get a raise. We finally recognize that "illegal aliens" are ILLEGAL. We should also start charging those in custody who lie about their immigration status. No more kiss on the cheek and see you next week. This is an inexpensive approach to combatting crime in Lodi. The gangbangers and dopers can GO BACK. Try to illegally enter Mexico, illegally work, break the law, use drugs and lie to police and see what happens! que lastima! adios!

  • posted at 2:16 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Isn't there something that we, as U.S. citizens, can do to change this? Other states are getting rid of illegals, why not California? I was so glad to hear that they are going to clamp down on illegals but, sadly, it is too late for the ones who have already died because of them.

  • posted at 2:03 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.


    Why can't social workers at the hospital report patients that are illegal citizens to the police dept at time of discharge? Why must the tax payers continue to foot the bill for illegal citizens who are putting our hospitals out of business by sheer number of them, and many repeat visits---especially to the clinics?!?!



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