One of the biggest unresolved problems arising out of illegal immigration is what to do with criminal offenders who refuse to stay deported. Simon Rochel-Cervantes, 46, a Mexican national, fits that description.
According to Wichita ABC affikiate KAKE, Rochel-Cervantes was sentenced in 2006 for rapein a child under the age of 14 and aggravated intimidation of a witness. The Kansas sex offender registry reports that Rochel-Cervantes’s victim was 11 years old. The Salina Post notes that Rochel-Cervantes spent seven years for his crimes in the Ellsworth Correctional Facility and was then transferred to federal custody for deportation. He had previously been removed from the country in February 2000.
Now, like the seven-year locust, he is back. Via KAKE:
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says Simon Rochel-Cervantes was located in Sedgwick County [Kan.] on March 5 and is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. McAllister did not state when the alleged crime occurred.
Rochel-Cervantes is currently being held for trial and, if convicted, faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
But even if he is able to pay a fine levied against him, the question is whether it will be enough to offset the expense federal taxpayers will be saddled with to cover his time in prison. A more trenchant question is whether he will stay deported this time. If past is prologue, he will probably return for a fourth shot at “the good life,” and since his taste in sexual assault runs to children, the risk that he will “re-offend” remains high.
Isn’t there a better solution to the problem of recidivism among criminal alien deportees?