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Rep. Zeldin Statement on Last Month’s Greenport Murder of Michelle Schiavoni

August 28, 2017
Press Release
Announces that Alleged Murderer was Previously Deported Illegal Alien

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) just released the following statement today following last month’s murder in Greenport of Ms. Michelle Schiavoni, allegedly by an illegal alien who was previously deported from the United States, Mr. Jaime DeLeon-Tino.

“Mr. Jaime De Leon-Tino, who was previously deported from the United States, was once again in our country illegally without authorization after the first removal. He illegally entered our country, was deported, re-entered illegally, and is now being detained for the murder of an innocent NY-1 resident and U.S. citizen. Where did the system fail? If convicted of the crime, Mr. DeLeon-Tino should serve the max time and then be deported immediately. To prevent the tragic and senseless murder of innocent Americans, the federal government should increase penalties for those who return after they are deported. When the United States deports criminals, it is essential that they do not return to do us additional harm.”

Congressman Zeldin cosponsors H.R. 3004 or “Kate’s Law,” which would mandate a five-year prison sentence for illegal immigrants who return following deportation. This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress by Congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona in the wake of Kathryn Steinle’s murder at the hands of Francisco Sanchez, a seven-time convicted felon and an illegal immigrant who had been deported from the United States five times. Kate’s Law passed the House of Representatives with Congressman Zeldin’s support on June 29, 2017. The bill now awaits action in the U.S. Senate.