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Immigration Officials Issue 'Detainer' for Suspect in Fatal Crash

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a detainer for an illegal immigrant charged with the motor vehicle homicide of a 23-year-old Milford motorcyclist.

A suspect in the motor vehicle homicide of a 23-year-old Milford motorcyclist may face deportation, in addition to criminal charges.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has told Milford police it has issued a 'detainer' for , 34, said Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin.

The detainer acts as a 48-hour hold, during which time immigration officials can pursue deportation. The hold would take place after criminal proceedings are completed, O'Loughlin said.

O'Loughlin said he contacted Sunday in the case.

Guaman, a citizen of Ecuador, is in the U.S. illegally, O'Loughlin said.

Guaman, who lives at 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, Milford, is charged with numerous offenses in the death of , who police said was struck by a large pickup truck while riding a motorcycle on Congress Street Saturday, and dragged about a quarter-mile up West Street.

Guaman is expected to be arraigned at Milford District Court Monday. He has been charged with the following: motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury and death, possession of open container of alcohol in vehicle, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop or yield, resisting arrest and wanton or reckless conduct creating risk to a child.

According to immigration officials, a detainer allows federal authorities to explore deportation.

According to ICE, in making these decisions, authorities consider a number of factors, such as the person's criminal history, immigration history (such as whether the person was previously deported or has an outstanding removal order from an immigration judge), family ties and other circumstances.

Mauricio August 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM
He Made a mistake? Yes he killed a innocent yes.he should drive drunk ? No .but the thing is why all the other immigrant have to pay for and being abuse ??????? This town and this country he's Built from immigrants ...go to the town hall and see how many marias and Jhom is there....I don't get why you guys being blain on immigrants if matt father said clear on his interview "DON'T HATE IMIGRANTS" how come you guys saying that you will pray for Matt if you hate some inocents at the same time? Who serve you guys at fast food restaurant dunkin mc Donalds Burguer king and etc????? You guys have to be fear and let this guy paid for whatever he did and then Matt can rest in peace ...
Myd Nevins August 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Mauricio, I thought it was clear that the concern isn't directed at immigrants but instead ILLEGAL immigrants. There's a difference.
David Nolta August 25, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I agree with Myd and Mauricio, each up to a point. You can't overlook a person's illegal status--defending illegal immigrants by lumping them together with legal immigrants, and then leaving out the "illegal" part and saying that they're all the same--just as you can't pretend that it was this criminal's immigration status that caused the crimes he committed--that is, lumping illegal immigrants together and attacking them and saying that illegal immigrants all commit such crimes. Illegal immigration was not the cause of this tragedy, any more than bad parenting (of which the accused is also rightly accused, if, as we are told, he had his child in that truck) is the cause of the tragedy of Mr. Denice's death.
Timothy Roesch August 25, 2011 at 02:38 PM
There are two types of governments: Governments that tell the people what to do and how to do it AND governments of, for and by the people that are ruled by law and serve the people that formed it. If our government is the former then Obama and Patrick are not responsible for what has happened. If our government is a servant of the people then they are. Leaders are responsible, in our form of govt, for how they behave. They set the standards, they are the example. If they can ignore the law, if they can choose which laws will be enforced and which ones can be set aside as problematic, if they can tell us what laws will be enforced then they are, indeed, responsible for what happened to an American citizen in Milford.
David Nolta August 25, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Dear Timothy, I disagree with your characterization of our government. To my mind, there is one form of government, operating at every level (town, state, nation), and it is a true democracy. It is also an ideal, and as such, we (because in a democracy, the government is as big as, and includes, all of the governed) fall short of it regularly. It's very true that our elected officials often--sometimes deliberately, sometimes not--deviate from representing the majority, or acting in the best interests of as many people as possible. Sometimes they even commit crimes--and the criminal activities of elected officials is a bi-partisan phenomenon, as any day's news makes painfully clear. But none of this has to do with the tragedy at hand, which is that a drunk man hit and killed an innocent man. The immigration status of either is not the issue. It is illogical, unjustifiable, and exploitative politicking to hold any elected official responsible for this tragedy ON THE MERE BASIS OF THAT OFFICIAL'S PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ATTITUDE TOWARD IMMIGRATION.

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