Xum? Have you seen him identified by that name before? Me, neither. We'll have to add that name to the three in the previous article, "Man shot by LAPD officer in Westlake apparently went by several names." That article stated:
Since the Sept. 5 shooting, relatives and acquaintances have identified the dead man as 37-year-old Manuel Jamines. However, coroner's officials identified him as Manuel Ramirez based on a fingerprint match with U.S. Department of Justice records. They also found U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement documentation identifying him as Gregorio Luis Perez, with a 1984 date of birth.
Think about it. To the Department of Justice, he was Manuel Ramirez. To ICE, however, he was Gregorio Perez. And to local law enforcement, he was Manuel Jamines. So to the extent records are maintained and checked only by names, and not fingerprints, only Gregorio Perez had an immigration problem, not Ramirez, not Jamines, and not Xum.
Why should that concern us? Well, consider the case of Cheree Osmanhodzic. Her murderer -- who is still roaming free -- had apparently already been deported twice before his latest stint in state prison, yet immigration authorities released him, claiming he was a U.S. citizen. The authorities, however, have yet to disclose any details as to how they concluded he is a U.S. citizen and how, if he is a U.S. citizen, they wound up deporting him twice before.
Our law enforcement agencies need to check not just the names, but also the fingerprints of persons they take into custody, or those agencies' multiple personality disorder will wind up killing more Americans.