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Homicides raise questions about immigration laws

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In a 24 hour period, six people were killed in two separate incidents. Law enforcement say one crime was committed by an illegal immigrant who had already been deported once and the other is believed to have been committed by an undocumented immigrant.

The crimes have raised concerns about whether immigration laws are working.

Officials from all levels of government say these incidents show the problems with the immigration laws and enforcement.

Whether it's a walk through El Rio Grande, fences or even the Canadian woods, immigration attorney Dagmar Rick says it's that easy to enter the U.S. illegally.

"It's impossible with that big of a border to make it absolutely tight unless you do it like East and West Germany. You don't want to do," said Rick.

Romero Roberto Moya has made the trip at least twice. He was deported last March after serving time for trafficking cocaine. He came back and was killed Saturday after police say he gunned down three people, injured a child and even a Heflin officer following a two county chase through Cleburne and Calhoun Counties.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement saying, "Individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety are ICE's highest priority for removal, with particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons and repeat offenders.  ICE also prioritizes those who have recently illegally entered the United States; individuals who have repeatedly violated our immigration laws and aliens who are fugitives."

According to the agency, nearly 400,000 people were deported last year and nearly 55 percent of them were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.

But an ICE spokesperson says Moya's re-entry is a border patrol issue.

A spokesperson for border patrol says they cannot comment on specific cases.

"We can't do anything about the fact the federal government is incompetent and unwilling to deal with the issue. But at least we can build a database," said Senator Scott Beason of the his HB 56.

Beason's bill calls for a database to help law enforcement agencies to track illegal immigrants. He say a more controversial part of it would have required courts to flag illegal immigrants who go through the court system.

If in place earlier, the law may have flagged Moya for traffic violations in 2010 and perhaps Ana Patricia Dominguez.

Dominguez is accused of killing a Homewood mother and her two children Friday. A divorce took her through the court system.

But Rick believes there is an easier way to let people in and know who they are.

"They could go the embassies and fill out a questionnaire- give out all that personal information then Homeland Security could do a background check and then they would issue visas,"said Rick.

ICE says it's still working to verify Dominguez is how she claims to be and if she is in fact illegally in the United States.

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