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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019. 3:43 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Special Select Committee Report on Immigration is still a few months away, but the Police Department and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) need not wait for the report to make their own investigations, said committee member Senator Mark Lizarraga.

 “The Senate will not arrest; the Senate will not send anybody to jail – that is not our purview. That’s completely outside of our purview. We are going to say where the system failed; where the policies and procedures did not work. And for the most part, the Auditor General has done magnificent work in this area; detailed work, much more detailed than we are going to be able to put in our report – we’re not going to put out another three volumes as she did. So the Police and the DPP have enough to go on irrespective of our report,” Lizarraga told us in an interview.

During the hearings, then-Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie said he preferred to wait until the report was complete. Police had issued investigations of the Won Hong Kim passport case that is central to the Committee’s public hearings. But both then-Solicitor General Nigel Hawke and C.E.O. of Immigration Edmund Zuniga shared the view that the Police need not wait; according to Hawke’s review, some of the cases cite were “so palpably bad” they needed attention right away.

 Current Commissioner Chester Williams has not said anything about the matter since taking office in January.

  Lizarraga estimates another six to eight weeks for the report as a legal review is taking place, after which the Committee, consisting of chair Aldo Salazar and other members Dr. Carla Barnett; Ashley Rocke; Elena Smith and Eamon Courtenay, will meet for final review and adoption.///

 

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