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    Officer arrested; citizenship questioned

    Officer arrested; citizenship questioned
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    A Milwaukee police officer was arrested Wednesday by federal immigration agents on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant who assumed the identity of his dead cousin a decade ago, officials said.

    The officer, who has lived and worked under the name Jose A. Morales since he was a teenager, was arrested by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz confirmed Wednesday.

    A spokeswoman from Immigration did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday night.

    "When the Milwaukee Police Department was made aware of these allegations, we worked in concert with federal authorities on this investigation," Schwartz said.

    Morales, 24, was suspended after his arrest, Schwartz said. He will continue to be paid, per state law.

    Morales was hired five years ago as a police aide, a program that came under fire during the investigation of the beating of Frank Jude Jr. and was later overhauled.

    Morales became a patrol officer in December 2004 and was most recently assigned to second shift at District 2 on the south side, Schwartz said.

    The U.S. attorney's office began reviewing the case Wednesday, said Michelle Jacobs, first assistant U.S. attorney.

    "The case is under consideration by our office and a decision on charging will likely be made" today, Jacobs said, adding that if Morales is charged, he would appear in federal court today.

    If Morales is charged or just deported, there will likely be fallout within the criminal justice system, based on the history of other police officers who have been charged with crimes. Prosecutors typically drop any case that an accused officer is a witness in and sometimes old cases can come up for appeal, if the officer was a key witness.

    Officials did not say how Morales came to the attention of federal authorities.

    It is suspected that he, as a teenager, took on the identity of his dead cousin. By doing that at such a young age, he created a trail of fingerprints and other identification that ultimately allowed him to join the department, Schwartz said.

    "We do everything we can during the background check when people apply to be police officers, but in this case when it has been going on so long, it would be really difficult to discover it was going on," Schwartz said.

    Changes to program

    Since Morales was hired, the police aide program has been overhauled after a disproportionate number of its graduates landed in trouble. Officials found some aides lied, didn't work hard and failed to be physically fit.

    The program, which grooms teens to become police officers, has been restructured with stronger oversight, closer evaluation of aides, a new uniform and additional required college credit, the department said.

    The background check, which is the same for aides and officers, also has been strengthened after officials found that some of the officers accused in the Jude beating had questionable backgrounds. Now, the chief plays a larger role, personally reviewing all applications.

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    An NYPD sergeant was arrested in 2005 for killing the mother of his children in 2001. They found out he was an illegal alien. He had been OTJ for several years.
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    Shit, we've got an officer who brags about swimming the Rio Grande when she came to the US. She might be a naturalized citizen now, but this is something to think about.

    My question is how she's going to enforce the law when she broke the law in a major way to get here.
    "Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you.
    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
    The only thing clean on him is his weapon.
    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOP View Post
    Shit, we've got an officer who brags about swimming the Rio Grande when she came to the US. She might be a naturalized citizen now, but this is something to think about.

    My question is how she's going to enforce the law when she broke the law in a major way to get here.
    C'mon txcop you should know that we as Texas Peace Officers can not enforece or arrest/detain someone based on their immigration status. I've meet border patrol agents who are naturalized that should not affect the way she does her job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmf95b View Post
    C'mon txcop you should know that we as Texas Peace Officers can not enforece or arrest/detain someone based on their immigration status. I've meet border patrol agents who are naturalized that should not affect the way she does her job.
    I didn't say that now did I? And yes, I'm aware of the law. They did briefly cover it in the academy.......

    I really wouldn't have a problem with her at all if she'd do her fucking job. PM me and I'll explain the reason that my trigger finger itches every time I see her.
    "Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you.
    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
    The only thing clean on him is his weapon.
    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
    The True Believer doesn't care "how hard it is"; he knows he either wins or he dies.
    He doesn't go home at 1700; he is home.
    He knows only the Cause.
    Now, who wants to quit?"

    "I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. And because I can not do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do I should do. And what I should do, by the Grace of God, I will do."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOP View Post
    Shit, we've got an officer who brags about swimming the Rio Grande when she came to the US. She might be a naturalized citizen now, but this is something to think about.

    My question is how she's going to enforce the law when she broke the law in a major way to get here.

    I could be wrong, but isn't unlawful presence in the United States a felony?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    It wasn't me
    You're still an alien though

    And if you were to brag about swimming... well you would have had to swim the atlantic ocean, which knowing you....naaaahhhh!
    Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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