Dot Hayer, our correspondent for Northeast Pennsylvania, reports that our Federales, as one suspects they will soon be calling themselves, forced the release of a Mexican man who had been living illegally in this country for six years while apparently fraudulently collecting benefits.
Oswaldo Tlamis-Perez, 30, was stopped by Beaver Meadows Police Chief Michael Morresi for speeding and showed him a Mexican registration card as identification along with two public benefit Access cards bearing different names. He also had $3,000 in cash.
The Access card is an electronic benefits transfer card now used in Pennsylvania in lieu of food stamps.
Tlamis-Perez was taken to the State Police barracks in Hazleton and agents of the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were contacted. ICE determined Tlamis-Perez had been living in the U.S. illegally for six years then told Beaver Meadows to let him go as he was not “a priority case”.
So Chief Morresi cited him for speeding and driving without a license and dropped him off at the Luzerne County line. Beaver Meadows is in Carbon County.
State Rep. Tara Toohil (R-116) and Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11) are demanding answers from the Obama administration.
And the people of Luzerne County are likely thinking a moat filled with alligators would look pretty good on the border.