The Deportee Who Won’t Go Away

The porous nature of America’s borders and its broken immigration control system has been demonstrated once again with the news that a four-times deported illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic has been arrested once again in Delaware.

The nonwhite—named Richard Diaz-Garcia—was arrested in Delaware, carrying $5,000 in cash in a bag, just part of the proceeds of his ongoing crime spree in America which has lasted for more than 16 years.


According to a report in the Delaware Online news service, Garcia’s latest arrest emerged after an FBI document was made public.

Wilmington police officers suspected that Richard Diaz-Garcia, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was in the United States illegally after they arrested him earlier this year, according to court records.

Officers seized $5,000 that Diaz-Garcia held in a black bag, and $393 that he had in his pockets. The seizure took place on Brennan Road in Newark, according to the FBI document.

Officers contacted the Dover office of Immigration and Custom Enforcement after the arrest, and Diaz-Garcia was then transferred to federal custody, according to court documents.

Diaz-Garcia’s criminal record in Delaware stretches back to 1999 when he was arrested on drug charges, and pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and resisting arrest. He was deported to the Dominican Republic in 2000.

In October 2002, New Castle County Police detained Diaz-Garcia and charged him with resisting arrest. Days later, his 2000 charge of “intent to distribute” cocaine was “corrected to read possession of cocaine,” according to court records. Federal officials deported him once again in December 2002 after he had been transported to Louisiana.

Between 2004 and 2008, the drama played out at least twice again—detained in Delaware and then deported.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of re-entry after deportation by an aggravated felon in January 2007. On May 24, 2007, Chief District Judge Gregory M. Sleet sentenced him to time served—or about six months.

Less than a year later, Diaz-Garcia was back, with Delaware State Police arresting him in May for shoplifting men’s cologne from the Sears department store on Kirkwood Highway.

Again, he was sent back to the Dominican Republic.

Diaz-Garcia kept returning to Delaware because he had a girlfriend and two children in the First State, his attorneys said in 2008. Diaz-Garcia feared for his family’s well-being, he said in 2008, and came back after getting panicked calls from his wife.

Court records show that Diaz-Garcia had been caught trying to enter the United States as a stowaway on a vessel that docked at the port in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

“I can assure you if he shows up in Delaware again … he will end up in federal court,” said US Attorney for Delaware Colm F. Connolly in 2008.

Diaz-Garcia’s case is no longer the exception, but rather the rule—and illustrates once again that only the halting and reversing of nonwhite immigration will prevent America from slipping into Third World status.

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