We’ve already seen America is unable, or unwilling, to take much action to remove illegal aliens from the country.

Is shooting at deputies enough for "removal proceedings"?/ Thinkstock image

Thus it should be no surprise that those born elsewhere who obtain permanent legal alien status are even more difficult to remove, even if they were convicted of numerous crimes, some of them pretty violent.

Will shooting at sheriff deputies be enough?

Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Sandoval, 38, is testing this premise by pulling out a handgun and opening fire at a couple of Pinal County sheriff deputies Aug. 16, according to a news release from the department.

This Mexico-born man with permanent legal alien status is on a roll, a lengthy and violent criminal roll that includes assaults, disorderly conduct, threats and intimidation, damaging property and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

Don’t forget to add his numerous traffic violations, which include excessive speed of more than 20 mph over the limit, perhaps while unlawfully fleeing from law enforcement. His colorful record includes more than 15 entries on the Arizona Supreme Court website.

Because of his less-than-stellar behavior in the United States, ICE attempted to revoke Sandoval’s residency status and placed him in removal proceedings* in March.

No go, said an immigration judge, who ruled in favor of Sandoval and canceled the removal proceedings.

Recent booking photo of Jose Sandoval/submitted by PInal County Sheriff Dept

This made it easy for Sandoval to show up at his former house in Arizona City on Monday, where his wife and kid still lived, even though his wife has an order of protection against him.

The kid called 911 as Jose and another man tried to get into the house. Jose had already fled by the time deputies arrived.

Two deputies found him a short while later and, when they confronted him, Jose pulled out a handgun and started shooting.


The deputies fired back. No one was injured but Jose remains on the loose. The release describes him as “a Hispanic male, 5’7” tall, 140 pounds, and last wearing a checkered button-up shirt, jeans and a white baseball hat.

“Jose is to be considered armed, dangerous and desperate.”

Very nice. We definitely see why the judge let him hang around.

We do hope Jose’s latest infraction is enough to send him over the (border’s) edge, so to speak.

We have enough violent criminals of our own, many who were born here. We don’t really need any extras – even if they somehow obtained permanent legal alien status.

Such status should be viewed as a privilege, not a right. As with any privilege, it should be taken away if people abuse it, especially with a litany of violent criminal acts. Especially if they shoot at sheriff deputies – or anyone else for that matter.

* NOTE: The new PC term for “deportation” is “removal proceedings.” Since that term is boring, I still opted for “deported” in the headline.

UPDATE from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office:

Jose Sandoval in custody

On Aug. 21, an acquaintance of Jose Sandoval brought him into the Eloy Police Department and turned him in. Detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office are headed to the Eloy Police Department to pick him up. Jose will be charged initially with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and one count of Aggravated Assault. Those charges will be reviewed by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office following the completion of the investigation and possibly elevated to attempted murder.

Sheriff Babeu stated, “I am very thankful not only to all of the law enforcement agencies that assisted us in finding this violent man, but also for the citizens who provided us with leads to follow up on. Hopefully this time after justice has been served, the immigration judge will change his mind and agree with us and Immigrations Customs Enforcement that Jose Sandoval should be deported.”

Since updating the post erases poll results, I’ve removed the poll and recorded its results below. The poll ran from 8/18 through 8/24.

Should permanent legal alien status ever be revoked?

4 percent: No – if someone bothered to go about getting it, he should stay
84 percent: Yes – if someone engages in consistent criminal behavior
1 percent: Maybe – but only for something big, like murder
7 percent: I don’t know. I’m too busy wondering why ‘deportation’ is no longer PC
2 percent: Other – please explain in comment section of post

82 users voted

What do you think?

Should Jose be allowed to stick around some more?

What SHOULD merit deportation, if anything?