Category Archives: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Sanctuary Colorado: Inmate wanted by ICE freed on bail and arrested weeks later for attempted murder

Gov. Jared Polis (l)

In May this year, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (demorat) gave illegal aliens a free pass by signing HB 1124 which prohibits law enforcement from honoring ICE detainers. Read about all the protections illegal aliens have from the feds here.

Because of Colorado’s desire to protect criminal illegal aliens, an inmate from Cuba who was wanted by ICE was released on bail in late October, only to be arrested weeks later on attempted murder charges.

Excerpts from a USA Today story:

But local law enforcement say the new law had little effect on their handling of the case and federal officials had been notified about the inmate’s release, giving ICE the chance to take custody of a suspect who the agency claims is in the country illegally.

The Colorado law in question was enacted in May and bars law enforcement officials in the state from holding a person based only on a request from ICE — commonly called an immigration detainer. It’s a practice that ICE says aids federal immigration enforcement and benefits public safety, but detainers are controversial and have been challenged as unconstitutional.

Detainer requests typically ask law enforcement agencies to give ICE at least 48 hours’ notice before a suspected immigrant is released from a jail — or to hold the person for up to 48 hours after they would normally be released.

In its latest criticism, ICE says law enforcement in Colorado followed the state’s law and ignored a federal detainer on an inmate, releasing him on bond as planned despite ICE’s request to hold him longer.

That inmate was soon allegedly involved in a violent crime, which ICE believes could have been prevented had Colorado law allowed local law enforcement to honor immigration detainers.

Local officials, however, say it has been a longstanding policy to not honor immigration detainers and the new law did not impact this case. They also say federal immigration officials were told of the inmate’s imminent release two-and-a-half hours before he was freed.

The case involves Osmani Garces-Ortiz — 37, who emigrated from Cuba. Garces-Ortiz was in custody in late October at the Arapahoe County Jail, located about 15 miles southeast of Denver on several charges including drug possession and criminal trespassing, according to a release from ICE.

Garces-Ortiz was freed on bond four days after ICE placed a detainer on him, ICE says.”

Read the whole story here.

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Celebrating sanctuary status now, Mayor Kenney? ICE arrests child sexual predator in Philadelphia after he was freed twice by local authorities

Remember in 2018 when Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny (demorat) was videotaped dancing to celebrate their “sanctuary city win?”

I wonder if the good mayor is celebrating the sexual abuse of children after an illegal alien was released by his city police due to HIS sanctuary-approved policy?

From an ICE press release dated November 27:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present Guatemalan national for sexual abuse against children after he was released from police custody. This was the second time Philadelphia Police Department released this sexual predator onto the streets, despite an ICE detainer lodged against him in both cases.

Hector Moran-Espinoza was arrested April 2, by the Philadelphia Police Department for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, statuary sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children-parent or guardian commits offense, corruption of minors, indecent assault-without the consent of other person, reckless endangerment of another person, rape by forceable compulsion, sexual abuse of children-photographing, videotaping, depicting on a computer or filming sexual acts, and aggravated indecent assault without consent.

May 9, Moran was again arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department for unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 13 years of age, reckless endangerment of another person, and endangering the welfare of a child-parent or guardian commits offense.

In both cases, ICE’s Philadelphia Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lodged an immigration detainer on Moran the same day of the arrest, and each time Philadelphia Police Department did not honor this detainer and released this predator onto the streets.

“We are seeing politicians put their political agendas above the safety of the citizens they serve,” said ICE Philadelphia Field Office Director Simona Flores-Lund. “The victims in this case are young children, whose lives are now forever changed. This monster was released not once, but twice, without notifying ICE. We are committed to strengthening our relationship with local law enforcement, as we want nothing more than to keep our communities safe.”

By releasing a criminal with multiple offenses, the Philadelphia Police Department is putting their city at risk by letting this individual roam free to potentially harm the most vulnerable, our children.

Read the whole ICE press release here.

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It’s come to this: ICE issues warning to Montgomery County residents about criminal illegal aliens who may be released into the public

Since this past July, Montgomery County (MD) has released numerous sex child offenders who have recommitted crimes against children. These have been illegal aliens who were given a free pass by the sanctuary county. Read my previous posts about these dangerous offenders here.

Now ICE has issued a warning for residents of Montgomery and Pierce George Counties that their children (and women) may be in danger in the near future because of these counties refusal to cooperate with federal authorities. ICE has issued detainers for violent offenders that will most likely be ignored by the local illegal-alien-loving bureaucrats.

And even though Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said he would reverse some anti-ICE cooperation policies, it’s been all smoke and mirrors.

Liar: County Executive Marc Elrich

ICE issued the following press release on Nov. 22:

ICE announces Montgomery County, Prince George’s County criminal offenders shielded by current non-cooperation policies

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has repeatedly asked local jurisdictions to reconsider non-cooperation policies because those policies put politics before public safety. On Friday, ICE released more examples of foreign nationals with active ICE detainers who have been detained for serious criminal offenses in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. These individuals have not yet been released to the community to potentially reoffend, and ICE asks that they are transferred to its custody prior to that happening.

ICE maintains that cooperation with local law enforcement is essential to protecting public safety, and the agency aims to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions to ensure that criminal aliens are not released into U.S. communities to commit additional crimes.

“The county leadership has chosen misguided politics over public safety,” said Francisco Madrigal, acting Baltimore field office director. “The individuals we have lodged detainers against have been arrested in the community and will likely be released directly back into that community under these dangerous policies. We aren’t asking Montgomery County or Prince George’s County to conduct immigration enforcement, we’re asking them to honor a lawful request to transfer these individuals into our custody where they can avail themselves of due process in the immigration court system.”

Tell me again which party is actively engaging in a #waronwomen (and children)?

Read the whole press release here. And if you live in one of these sanctuary counties, you most definitely want to read it and see pictures of the offenders who most likely will be released into your community.

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Sanctuary King County: Man murdered in his sleep by illegal alien with previous felony

The price that Americans pay for living in demorat-run cities with sanctuary policies can be their life.

The family of a 56-year-old Seattle man found out the hard way that liberal policies kill loved ones.

According to MyNorthwest.com, the dead victim (identified as Sam Lam who was a legal imigrant) was apparently not the intended target of the illegal alien. The victim was shot while he slept in his bed.

The illegal alien, 25-year-old Julio Cruz-Velasquez, came to America as a child in 2000. He was ordered deported with a group of illegal aliens and they returned to Mexico. The illegal alien came back to America to no doubt “better his life.”

That included garnering a record of felony assault, reckless driving and vehicle prowling, according to KOMO News.

Bryan Wilcox, deputy acting field director for ICE’s Seattle office, told MyNorthwest.com that the illegal alien should have been in the custody of federal law enforcement long ago.

But criminal illegal aliens, unlike American citizens, receive a get-out-of-jail free card in sanctuary cities, counties and states.

Wilcox said, “Had [King] County called us and told us that they were getting ready to release this guy (from his previous convictions), we would have gone to the jail and picked him up, taken him into ICE custody,” Wilcox said. He added, “Had King County honored our detainer and just [given] us notification, made a phone call … he would not have been on the streets to commit this horrific crime.”

Read the whole story here.

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Illegal aliens stage robbery/assault in order to obtain U-Visas

Bonus: When these criminals are released from jail for staging this fake crime (if they are convicted/serve any time), they won’t be turned over to ICE for deportation because of Washington State’s sanctuary status.

Amazing that illegal aliens can get away with such flagrant disregard for our laws, courtesy of progressives.

More details about the fake crime here.

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Pigs fly: Liberal Tucson, AZ rejects sanctuary measure

Via CBS News: Voters in one of Arizona’s most liberal cities rejected an initiative Tuesday that would have made Tucson the state’s only sanctuary city amid concerns that it went too far in restricting police officers.

The measure drew fierce opposition from the mayor and city council, all of them Democrats, who said the initiative risked public safety and millions of dollars the city gets from the state and federal governments.

The measure was pushed by activists who wanted to give a voice to Tucson’s Latino community. They said it would have sent the message that immigrants are safe and protected in Tucson at a time when many are fearful of President Trump’s immigration policies.

The initiative, known as Proposition 205, would have put new restrictions on when police can inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement.

It explicitly aims to neuter a 2010 Arizona immigration law known as SB1070, which drew mass protests and a boycott of the state. It prohibits sanctuary cities in Arizona and requires police, when enforcing other laws, to verify the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Courts threw out much of the law but upheld the requirement for officers to check immigration papers.

“It will put into law that we will not, as we move forward, collaborate in the federal effort to terrorize, detain, separate and deport our community members,” said Zaira Livier, executive director of the People’s Defense Initiative, which organized the effort that became Proposition 205.

Tucson’s mayor and city council members, all of them Democrats, were opposed to the measure because they worried about unintended consequences and the potential for losing millions of dollars in state and federal funding. They say Tucson police have already adopted rules that go as far as legally possible to restrict officers from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Read the whole story here.

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Another day, another example of progressives’ double standards: Taco truck owner apologizes for serving ICE employees

A taco truck owner in Buffalo, NY was forced to apologize for serving ICE employees. He later took back that apologize which make the progressives even madder.

Heaven forbid a business owner be allowed to make a buck off his tacos. No sir, you can’t serve ICE employees!

But you know, you’d better bake that cake!

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Illegal alien accused of shooting transgender woman was previously deported

Illegal alien Ramirez-Cayente/Dallas County Sheriff’s photo

Ruh roh, demorats…you’ve got an undocumented immigrant who is a prohibited possessor versus a highly-protected special class – transgender womyn. Which one you going to protect in this case?

From Fox News: A Mexican citizen who allegedly shot a transgender Dallas woman last month was living in the United States illegally and is now a fugitive, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said.

Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, 29, deported in 2010, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with aggravated assault, The Dallas Morning News reported. He reportedly admitted to shooting Daniela Calderon, 35, six times in the chest, stomach and hip.

Calderon told the newspaper Ramirez-Cayente yelled homophobic and transphobic slurs during the attack.

Instead of being held in police custody, Ramirez-Cayente posted a $25,000 bond and hasn’t been seen since. It was unclear if he remains in the area. Dallas County prosecutors wanted him to be fitted with an ankle monitor, but the terms of his bond were set before they could intervene.

“The magistrate set the bond at $25,000 with no ELM (electronic leg monitor). As soon as the D.A.’s Office was made of aware of the low bond, we moved to amend the conditions of bond to include a monitoring device; unfortunately, the defendant had already fled,” Kimberlee Leach, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, told the news outlet.

Back in March 2010, Ramirez-Cayente was taken into custody by ICE agents near Brackettville, Texas, after entering the U.S. illegally, the agency said.

“Ramirez-Cayente was processed as an expedited removal and removed to Mexico on March 27, 2010. ICE has not encountered Ramirez-Cavente since his 2010 removal,” said an agency spokesperson.

ICE did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

Anyone caught reentering the U.S. illegally can be charged with a felony. It was unclear if the Dallas Police Department flagged Ramirez-Cayente as an undocumented immigrant charged with a crime.

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Acting ICE director calls out jurisdictions with sanctuary policies for threatening public safety

Demorats have no objection to releasing illegal criminals back into our cities to continue to terrorize law-abiding citizens. Remember this when they want to come for your God-give right to protect yourself.

Excerpts from ICE press release dated 9/26/2019:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence held a White House press briefing Thursday to explain how sanctuary policies threaten public safety and called on the public to hold their local lawmakers accountable. The briefing made clear that local jurisdictions across the U.S. that refuse to cooperate with ICE are complicit in the crimes committed by aliens who ICE could have otherwise been arrested and removed.

Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law enforcement partners who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer form asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon release from that agency’s custody. Across the United States, several jurisdictions refuse to honor detainers and instead choose to willingly release criminal offenders back into their local communities where they are free to offend.

Acting Director Albence made clear that state and local jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement not only betray their duty to protect public safety, but force ICE to be more visible in those areas.

Below are some examples of the risks posed by laws and policies restricting cooperation with ICE:

In September 2019, ICE officers arrested Jose Alejandro Lopez-Gutierrez, 56, in Colorado. Lopez-Gutierrez, a Mexican national, was arrested and booked into the Boulder County (CO) Jail after an arrest for felony sex assault on a child. ICE lodged a detainer on Lopez-Gutierrez in May 2019, but the Boulder County Jail released him from custody three days later without notifying ICE. He has previously been removed on one prior occasion.

In January 2019, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (NC) arrested Angel Diaz-Vera, 40, a Mexican national, for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). ICE lodged a detainer, but he was released from local custody. In June 2019, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office again arrested Diaz-Vera for two counts of assault on a female, assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon, and DWI. He again was released from Mecklenburg County despite ICE issuing another detainer and remains at large.

In July 2019, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (OR) arrested Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, 30, of Mexico, for manslaughter, assault and reckless driving. ICE lodged a detainer with the Washington County Jail, but he was released in August 2019 and remains at-large.

While ICE conducts daily at-large arrests of criminal aliens, this week, officers also focused on people who had been released from uncooperative jurisdictions. Of the nearly 1,300 at-large arrests made this week, ICE officers apprehended 199 people who could have been arrested at a jail if the agency’s detainers had been honored. Of all the aliens taken into custody:

Three (3) had convictions for murder or manslaughter; 100 had convictions for sex crimes – nearly half (47) had convictions for sex crimes involving a minor; 70 had convictions for drug crimes; and 328 had convictions for driving under the influence.”

Read the whole press release here.

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NYC bans calling someone an illegal alien out of hate

From NY Post: It’s now against the law in New York City to threaten someone with a call to immigration authorities or refer to them as an “illegal alien” when motivated by hate.

The restrictions — violations of which are punishable by fines of up to $250,000 per offense — are outlined in a 29-page directive released by City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights.

‘Alien’ — used in many laws to refer to a ‘noncitizen’ person — is a term that may carry negative connotations and dehumanize immigrants, marking them as ‘other,’” reads one passage of the memo. “The use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person or persons constitutes discrimination.”

The directive goes on to list several examples of acts and comments that would run afoul of the restrictions, including harassing people over their accents or grasp of English, or wielding the threat of a call to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a tool of hate.

“A hotel prohibits its housekeepers from speaking Spanish while cleaning because it would ‘offend’ hotel guests or make them uncomfortable,” reads one hypothetical.

“An Indian immigrant family complains to their landlord about mold and cockroaches in their unit. The landlord tells them to ‘just deal with it’ and threatens to call ICE if they file a complaint in housing court,” reads another.

“A store owner tells two friends who are speaking Thai while shopping in his store to ‘speak English’ and ‘go back to your country,’ ” reads a third.

The Commission on Human Rights made clear that the directive is, at least in part, a rebuke of federal crackdowns on illegal immigration.

“In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the agency’s commissioner.

The directive comes months after Mayor Bill de Blasio vocally opposed coordinated raids by ICE on the city’s immigrant communities.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced a joint $1 million investment with the state to guarantee legal services to immigrants facing imminent deportation.

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