JW Probe: DHS Protects Privacy of Drunk Illegal Alien Who Killed Baby
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is going out of its way to protect the privacy of an illegal immigrant who had multiple drunken driving convictions when—under the influence once again—he slammed into a couple’s sports utility vehicle, killing their baby.
Judicial Watch is investigating the horrific event, which took place in New Mexico over the summer, and has requested public records from the DHS agency in charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). JW has confirmed that the illegal immigrant from Honduras, Ramon Hernandez, is in a San Miguel County jail and has been criminally charged.
Hernandez had previously been convicted of driving drunk at least three times, according to local news reports. Yet he remained in the country illegally and in June slammed into the vehicle of a woman, who was seven-months pregnant, and her husband. The injured woman went into labor at the accident scene and doctors later performed an emergency Caesarean section. The baby boy died about a minute later.
To protect the illegal alien’s privacy, ICE refuses to release any public records involving the case. Earlier this month JW submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records related to Hernandez as part of an ongoing probe. Judicial Watch is simply seeking transparency in this matter and will take legal action if necessary.
In refusing to release any information, here is how ICE responded to JW’s request: “Lacking his/her/their explicit consent, an official acknowledgement of an investigation of him/her/them, or an overriding public interest, even to acknowledge the existence of such records pertaining to these individuals could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of his/her/their privacy.” In short, ICE will neither confirm nor deny that the Hernandez case even exists, apparently to guard his privacy. Judicial Watch is appealing.