The Dallas police department, district attorney, and federal authorities will be facing scrutiny in the next days and weeks as they decide how to proceed in the case of an illegal alien arrested for behavior identical to that of another Dallas man in 2013.

Gabriel Gonzales, 22, is on an immigration hold in the Dallas County Jail after being arrested for directing a green laser at a police helicopter as it was conducting a “roof check” resulting impairment of the police pilot’s vision for several seconds.

Aiming a laser light at an aircraft is a violation of state law and also prohibited by federal law, but whether Gonzales will be prosecuted at the state and federal levels with the same rigor as previous cases, not involving an illegal alien defendant remains to be seen.

In 2013, a Dallas man was indicted by a federal grand jury with illumination of aircraft by intense light after admitting to pointing a laser at a police aircraft to, “see how far it would go.”

In that case, a complaint was filed by the Dallas field office of the FBI and the man was transferred to federal custody facing a maximum fine of $250,000 and five years in federal prison. He was eventually sentenced to 30 months for an act U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas, called “extraordinarily dangerous” as she commended the cooperative effort of the Dallas Police Department, the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Air Marshal Service in this investigation and prosecution.

Time will tell whether an illegal alien, Gabriel Gonzales, receives the same level of diligence and effort from local, state and federal agencies given the Obama administration’s lenient policies for persons who are in the United States illegally, as evidenced by the “stand down” order given to border agents.


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