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Casey's Law introduced by CT lawmakers

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A proposed law called "Casey's Law" is in memory of a 25-year-old Norwich woman who was killed by a Haitian national. ICE failed to deport him after his release from prison. A proposed law called "Casey's Law" is in memory of a 25-year-old Norwich woman who was killed by a Haitian national. ICE failed to deport him after his release from prison.

State lawmakers and the mother of a murdered woman from Norwich introduced a bill to crack down on foreign countries that refuse to take back dangerous citizens living in the United States.

The bill is named after Casey Chadwick who was killed last year by Haitian national Jean Jacques. She was stabbed to death and was found in her Norwich apartment closet.

"I'm Casey's voice now. I'm her victim's advocate and I'm here so other families don't have to go through this ordeal," Chadwick's mother Wendy Hartling said.

Federal authorities tried to deport Jacques, but Haiti would not take him back after he served time for attempted murder. He was reportedly an acquaintance of Chadwick's boyfriend.

"He was supposed to be deported three times and he already killed, and Casey should still be here," Hartling said. 

“Casey Chadwick might well be alive today if her killer had been returned to Haiti rather than allowed to stay here illegally. There should be a crackdown on countries that refuse to take back their own citizens after they commit serious crimes in the United States, continuing to endanger our communities and families," U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement on Monday. 

Later, a report from the Department of Homeland Security found immigration and customs enforcement should have done more to remove Jacques from the country before he killed Chadwick.

Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy with Texas Sen. John Cornyn introduced the bill "to identify and hold accountable countries that systematically refuse or delay the repatriation of their citizens who have been convicted of a violent crime, or who pose a threat to public safety." 

"This commonsense bill will enable more effective action to return and repatriate dangerous individuals who have no right to be here, and hold countries accountable if they refuse to accept them," Blumenthal said.

Murphy said "Chadwick’s brutal murder demands accountability" and this bill "is an important step forward.”

“The family of Casey Chadwick and the community of Norwich know all too well the pain and suffering that comes when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement fails to deport criminals. Our bill will help make sure that the Department of Homeland Security can repatriate dangerous individuals,"  Murphy said.

Blumenthal and Murphy have worked with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney on the issue of repatriation. 

“The release of the Inspector General’s report last month provided the necessary focus on changes by Congress and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fix the appalling weakness in our nation’s deportation system which allowed this tragic incident to occur. Wendy Hartling deserves the highest praise for her persistent efforts to make sure a situation similar to the one which caused her daughter Casey Chadwick’s untimely death is less likely to occur again," Courtney said in a statement on Monday. 

Between 2012 and last year, more than 8,000 people with criminal convictions were released from ICE custody because no country would take them back. 

There are a total of 23 countries that don't cooperate with removal efforts: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe

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