Officials said Amy Hawkins of Daphne was hit and killed by illegal immigrant, Jose Luis Alonso-De Leon, who had been deported twice. That led us to take a closer look at illegal immigrant arrests in Baldwin County.
FOX10 News Investigates went through a months worth of online jail records in Baldwin County and found roughly 10% of inmates this month were illegal immigrants. Records show 46 people have an Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE hold in the past month.
Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters said, "I won't say there has been an increase in illegal immigration in Baldwin County in the last year, it's just that we're finally getting some cooperation from the federal authorities. The Trump Administration is actually trying to enforce our immigration laws."
FOX10 News Investigates wanted to compare those numbers to how many illegal immigrants have been detained in Mobile County, but we were told the county doesn't have a contract with the Federal Government for ICE detainees, so they're sent to the Baldwin County Jail.
Of the 46 detainees arrested in the last month in Baldwin County, only one who showed up on the Mobile jail log. Three others were listed as having a Mobile address.
Wilters said the majority of detainees will be deported. As for the four who face serious criminal charges including manslaughter, rape, domestic violence and abuse of a child, Wilters said they'll do everything in their power to prosecute them in Baldwin County.
FOX10 News Investigates spoke with ICE officials over the phone. They didn't have specific information for our area, but they do say nationally, ICE made more than 143,000 arrests in 2017. The highest number in the past three years.