Bill Montgomery: Victimizer of Undocumented Workers, Turns "Victims' Rights" Advocate in DC
Ustream Monty, ever the hypocrite...
It's a requirement in Arizona, more than in any other state in the Union, that politicians be shameless hypocrites. And Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is no piker in this regard.
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Thursday, Monty appeared before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee chaired by Representative Trent Franks to offer his opinion on the proposed Victims Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Watch a clip of Monty at Thursday's hearing.
The amendment would offer crime victims many of the same rights the Arizona Constitution provides, including the right to attend all court hearings, the right to restitution, and so on.
The merits of such an amendment are debatable, as you'll see if you want to sit through all two hours of the hearing.
In Montgomery's highly ironic testimony, Maricopa County's top prosecutor presented himself as a "victims rights" advocate, who has worked as a "victims rights attorney," in addition to his duties as county attorney.
Yep, Monty's all for helping the victims of crime.
Unless they're undocumented.
Ask any immigration attorney in town, and they'll tell you how stingy Montgomery's office is when it comes to certifying requests for U-visas.
U-visas allow victims of certain crimes to remain in the U.S., if they cooperate with the police.
ICE makes the final decision, but an applicant must have a form signed by a prosecutor or some other law enforcement agency, certifying that the victim was of assistance to law enforcement.
When I asked the county attorney's office in January about the U-visa issue, MCAO spokesman Jerry Cobb told me that between January 2009 and May 2012, the MCAO had "received 83 U-visa requests certified 6 and declined to certify 19."
Cobb said that, "The rest were either approved by another agency (applicants typically apply to multiple law enforcement agencies), or were not associated with active cases, or were pending review."
Still, for that time period, Montgomery's approval rate for U-visas was around seven percent. Which may explain why some lawyers don't even bother seeking certification from the MCAO, and instead go to other agencies.