Washington state trooper is under review for calling immigration authorities about a previously-deported illegal alien with a felony charge in his background

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee – making a political statement?


Keep it up demorats.
From News Tribune: A Tacoma lawmaker wants to know why the Washington State Patrol is reviewing the actions of a trooper who called federal immigration authorities about a man living in the country illegally.
State Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, sent a letter to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday “to express serious concerns” that an administrative review is underway after a trooper contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about a man involved a Feb. 9 traffic accident on Interstate 5 in Tacoma.
The man, Armando Chavez Corona, was convicted of a felony drug charge and was deported four times from the United States between 1996 and 2000, ICE officials said.
Chavez Corona didn’t cause the crash on I-5. But when a trooper completed a routine check of Chavez Corona’s driver’s license, a warning popped up from ICE, saying Chavez Corona was a previously deported felon and to contact the federal agency for confirmation, said State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore.
After the trooper contacted federal officials to confirm details of the warning, federal immigration officials came to the crash scene and took Chavez Corona into custody. As of Wednesday, he was awaiting deportation, ICE officials said.
The State Patrol is reviewing whether the trooper followed an internal policy that limits how much troopers can do to help federal immigration officials.
In his letter Friday, O’Ban called the review into the trooper’s actions “puzzling, if not deeply concerning.”
“I fear launching an administrative review of this routine and common-sense procedure sends a chilling message to WSP troopers and to other law enforcement personnel that undermines public safety by discouraging officers from gaining potentially vital information from federal authorities,” O’Ban wrote.
Moore said administrative reviews are commonplace at the State Patrol. The trooper involved hasn’t been placed on leave or disciplined in any way, he said. “This is just a routine review of whether this trooper followed our policies,” Moore said Friday.
According to the agency, “The Washington State Patrol has a policy to not stop, detain or interrogate or place an immigration hold on any person solely for the purpose of ascertaining immigration status or in any other way attempt to enforce federal immigration laws.”
Moore said troopers never arrested Chavez Corona or detained him for longer than it took to clear the scene of the accident. The information the trooper received about Chavez Corona did not constitute a warrant calling for his arrest, Moore added.
The governor’s office confirmed it had received O’Ban’s letter but declined to comment on it. The letter concludes by asking Inslee whether he ordered the review and what specific circumstances warranted that scrutiny. It also asks the governor if it is appropriate for law enforcement officers to ignore a warrant from federal authorities, and “how does that contribute to the public safety or safety of officers?”
In a phone interview Friday, O’Ban said he worries the governor’s office is seizing upon immigration-related incidents in the state to make a political statement. In recent weeks, Inslee has been a vocal critic of the immigration policies promoted by Republican President Donald Trump. “I’m concerned that this investigation is motivated at least in part by the governor nationalizing this issue, when it shouldn’t be,” O’Ban said.
Meanwhile, Grace Chavez, the U.S.-born wife of Chavez Corona, said she is considering legal action against the State Patrol.
Reached by phone Friday, she said she was heading to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma to visit her husband. The couple has three children, all of whom are U.S. citizens, she said. “They violated our rights,” Grace Chavez said. “He was the victim of the accident.”
She said she is waiting to hear more details about when her husband is scheduled for deportation. “I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” she said.
DCG

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David
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David

Has Washington State seceded from the United States and not told anybody else??? ICE put out the HOLD request on this felon and officials in Washington want to investigate a Police officer for following the law???????????????????? If Washington has seceded then all Federal Funding needs to be cut off!

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

Let’s screw the cop.

PeaceFrog
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There is a remedy for this rogue activity on the part on Washington state. Of course, they are part of the collection of individuals, groups, and states, that are the useful idiots, being used by Obama, the intelligence community, and American Oligarchs against Trump. The solution lies in the Supremacy Clause and the power of the purse. The Supremacy Clause states that federal law is the Supreme law of the land, and, that means it trump’s state law. Washington funds states’ budgets. Supreme Court case law has stated the figures, federal money is about one-third of state and local budgets.… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust

DCG, you continue to prove I am wrong about my long time presumption that the craziest Liberals are in the Northeast, in Cambridge. You have a particularly virulent strain of wackadoodles in the Northwest!

mark haney
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we here in Washington state are tired of the liberals taking our rights and giving them to illegals. illegals don’t have to pay the price for their crimes, the illegal needs to be deported and if his wife doesn’t like it she can move to mexico to be with him.

Lana
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Lana

This just confirms everything I am coming to realize about todays liberals. They can only be described as communist One World Order advocates. They are not true liberals at all since what they seek is totalitarianism and chaos is the way they get there. There is nothing else that could possibly motivate a person/politician to put their own people in jeopardy and favor criminals. This is the same mindset we saw at Trumps speech the other night where the libtards could not even manage to clap for removing criminal illegals so AMERICANS won’t suffer harm. They should all rot in… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

It is perplexing how one can be in the country illegally but be a legal resident of a U.S. state. What is even as much deceptive is the way his wife is referred to as being U.S. born as if that makes her legal, when it is apparent they are just as aware that birthright citizenship is a fallacy.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

I’m hoping for the best too. I hope that ‘preparing for the worst’ means packing their bags and moving south with him.

Fergus
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Fergus

People who assist felons in evading the consequences of their crimes are usually charged as accessories. I’d suggest each individual responsible in the chain of command be charged as an accessory immediately.
Let them justify their actions. I’m sure you will love their new boyfriends.

CP
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CP

Thanks for posting DCG! The governor received two letters from O’Ban, one on Friday, Feb. 17, and another on Monday, Feb. 20, seeking clarification as to whether WSP officers are free to contact federal authorities for information on felony conviction records [links below]. ~~~ O’Ban asks Inslee to support WSP checks on felony records https://steveoban.src.wastateleg.org/19766-2/ From the link… OLYMPIA—This morning, Gov. Jay Inslee failed to answer whether Washington State Patrol officers could advise federal immigration authorities if they come upon an undocumented individual with a felony conviction. The question was raised in reference to a letter from Sen. Steve O’Ban,… Read more »

Glenn47
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Glenn47

It seems to me that the governor needs to be removed for dereliction of duty. He is doing nothing to protect the legal residents of the state and putting the wants of illegals over the needs of the people.
As for any children, this country has to stop the anchor baby. If the parents are illegal, so should the children be declared.