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Las Vegas PD Announces They Will Stop Cooperating With ICE

Following the lead of states like California and sanctuary cities like Denver or San Francisco, the Las Vegas police department has announced they will no longer detain people on federal immigration holds. The decision is based on California statutes.

In a statement that all but admits the move is probably a waste of time, LVMPD’s Sheriff Joseph Lombardo recognized that the decision would probably be appealed in the courts. He also indicated he was “optimistic that this change will not hinder LVMPD’s ability to fight violent crime”.

To recap, law enforcement has decided not to work with law enforcement. Isn’t this how we got 9/11?

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Suspended Fairfax Co. officer who held driver to be detained by ICE will return to duty

A Fairfax County, Virginia, police officer will return to full duty three days after being suspended for holding a driver at the scene of a crash so the driver could be picked up by immigration officials.

Fairfax County police Chief Edwin C. Roessler said in a statement Wednesday that after an update from internal affairs, he has concurred with the procedural recommendation to return the officer to full duty on Friday.

“We have one of the best police forces in the U.S. and I have confidence that our officer will represent us well throughout his career,” Roessler said.

The incident started with a traffic incident on Sept. 21 at Harrison Lane and South Kings Highway in the Alexandria section.

When the officer responded and started to handle the crash, they found one of the drivers did not have a driver’s license. When the officer checked the driver’s information, he found the driver was wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to appear for a deportation hearing.

The officer contacted the ICE agent listed on the warrant, who said they were nearby. The officer then gave the driver a summons for not having a license, held the driver through a “custodial detention,” then turned them over to the ICE agent.

Roessler said that since the driver was not being taken into custody for any violation of law, they should not have been turned over to ICE. He announced on Tuesday that the officer had been “relieved of all law enforcement duties pending the outcome of this investigation.”

Per policy, Roessler said that the internal administrative investigation continues.

WTOP’s Rick Massimo contributed to this report.

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VA Police Officer Suspended After Turning Illegal Alien Over To ICE: Police Chief Says Officer Had ‘Lapse in Judgement’

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Following a September 21st traffic accident in Alexandria, VA, a police officer discovered one of the drivers did not have a state driver’s license. He ran a check with the Virginia DMV which showed this individual had “failed to appear for a deportation hearing. The officer verified the warrant and alerted officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). An ICE agent was close by and arrived at the scene. The officer cited the driver for not having a driver’s license and turned him over to the federal agent.”

It turns out that in 2007, Fairfax County had enacted a policy which “prohibits officers from confirming a person’s immigration status and detaining them solely based on civil violations of immigration law.”

After spending three hours in police custody, the driver was released and issued an ankle monitor.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said, “This is an unfortunate issue where the officer was confused. We have trained on this issue a lot. This is the first time we’ve had a lapse in judgment, and the officer is being punished.”

Roessler added, “Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE.”

Roessler posted a statement about this incident on the Fairfax County Police Department website. He describes the situation and displayed the county’s policy.

Since 2007, the FCPD General Order 601-Arrest procedures (VIII c. 5. e.) is very clear on this matter:

If the response reads “OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE WARRANT OF REMOVAL” and the individual is not in custody or being taken into custody for any other violation of law, officers shall not confirm the hit through LESC and shall not take the individual into custody based solely upon the IVF hit. The majority of such administrative warrants represent civil violations of immigration law.

In addition, training at our Academy, as clearly outlined in lesson plans, as well as in-service training reinforces to our personnel that we do not enforce nor detain for administrative warrants and we have no authority to enforce federal law. We have also been working closely with community members and advocates to review our General Orders in this regard.

As a matter of full transparency to our community – our police officer violated our longstanding policy and deprived a person of their freedom, which is unacceptable. We have been informed by ICE that the driver was released after three hours and issued an ankle monitor. When I learned of this event, I directed an immediate internal investigation to look at all factors in this matter to ensure that all are held accountable for this violation. Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE. This matter damages our reputation and the longstanding policy that I have stated many times that our officers shall not act as immigration agents. The officer involved in this event has been relieved of all law enforcement duties pending the outcome of this investigation. It is my duty to enforce our FCPD – and Fairfax County – policies and hold all accountable for their actions.

Forget purple. Virginia has already turned blue.

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Two Alleged Child Rapists Released And On The Run After Local Police Declined To Hold Them For ICE

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Two separate police departments — one in New York and one in New Jersey — released alleged child child rapists back into the public after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requested they be held, and those requests denied.

At least one of the men was arrested for what sounds like assault and restraint of a child younger than 16. The other is charged with rape of a minor under 17.

ICE told local news outlets that they requested both men be held until ICE was able to come pick them up. But jails denied those requests and subsequently released the suspects. Both men are now listed as fugitives.

ICE says the first man — Luciano Trejo-Dominguez – was arrested by Vineland, New Jersey police for allegedly restraining and sexually assaulting a child younger than 16 on Aug. 12.

Over the next two days, ICE and Pacific Enforcement Response Center both filed detainers to have Trejo-Dominguez held at the Cumberland County Jail. Those requests were denied and the alleged rapist was released on Aug. 23.

Trejo-Dominguez has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault of a victim 13-15 years-old, criminal restraint, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The other man – Joaquin Rodriguez Quiroz — was arrested in Westchester County New York on charges of 3rd degree rape and was released after posting bond despite attempts by ICE to have the man detained until ICE could arrive and take custody.

Just this week, ICE arrested 54 people in New Jersey and complained that local jails were releasing wanted immigrants under a new rule that allowed local jails latitude to make a release decision relative to the seriousness of the crime.

The arrested immigrants included people from a dozen countries, including 21 from Mexico, nine from El Salvador and seven from Brazil, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said.

The sweep targeted immigrants living in the country illegally who had been released from local jails in New Jersey instead of being turned over to ICE’s enforcement and removal operations — known as ERO — for possible deportation.

The new rules — called the Immigrant Trust Directive — say local jails can’t honor an “ICE detainer” in New Jersey unless the detainee has been charged with or convicted of a serious crime or has a pending deportation order from a judge.

ICE officials objected to new rules, calling New Jersey a “sanctuary state” for failing to hold undocumented immigrants until ICE agents can pick them up. New Jersey officials have said they do not believe it is legal for local jails to hold prisoners for ICE without a court order.

ICE has also been conducting sweeps this week across New York, arresting 82 people over five days. According to ICE, over half of those 82 arrested in New York had previously been in custody awaiting ICE following a detainer request that was then denied.

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VIDEO. Antifa Goons Get Thrashed By Federal Protective Service As They Attack An ICE Facility

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Yesterday, a couple of thousand people showed up in Portland for the Climate Strike. This was a coordinated worldwide event in which the least educated and most credulous among us demanded that the rest of us join them in moving society back to the Stone Age. [Every once in a while I muse over just how few of the Michael Mann types would survive in the society they are trying to create where there would be no major income streams of grant money, they would have to actually work to survive, and we might be inclined to hunt them for sport.]

As you know, you can’t have a demonstration in Portland without antifa or bloc or whatever they are calling themselves. So, naturally, they set out to attack the DHS/ICE facility in Portland. That’s when they found out that they weren’t opposed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s ineffectual and anarchist-sympathetic police force but by people who took their duties and responsibilities seriously.

It is really a shame that no one has yet identified the noxious little toad who appears at 0:23 because it would be a service to the nation to treat him the way that CNN treats a meme maker.

Not surprisingly, these clowns are major league p***ies when they aren’t hitting people from behind with bicycle locks

What sniveling little b****es they are.

If more police forces aggressively confronted this nonsense…and more prosecutors took this nascent terrorism seriously and started charging felonies…this crap would cease. As it is, it is pretty inevitable that eventually one of these clashes is going to turn deadly and leave some of these cretins dead and we’ll have to pretend that we are sad or something.

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Bernie Sanders Jumps the Shark on Border Enforcement

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The 2020 Democratic primary has devolved into insanity, or perhaps it started off that way? We’ve seen the delusional, dictatorial rantings of people like Beto O’Rourke on guns and Kamala Harris on plastic straws. There’s essentially no level of crazy these people aren’t willing to go to in order to pander to the radical left.

Of course, Bernie Sanders has been doing that his entire life, so it’s no surprise when he keeps the train rolling.

Enter the latest bright idea from a guy so intellectually worthless that he got fired from a commune.

While speaking before a left-wing Latino audience, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to end immigration raids and impose a “moratorium” on all deportations.

“We are going to end the ICE raids that are terrorizing communities all across this country,” Sanders said Saturday in Las Vegas, according to footage flagged by the Republican National Committee. “We are going to impose a moratorium on deportations. And we are going to, as I mentioned — and there are some things that a president can do with executive orders and some things you can’t.”

A moratorium on deportations, eh? Sounds legit. I mean, it’s not like ICE needs to ability to deport criminals who would otherwise remain here committing more crimes, right? This is a level of shark jumping levels not seen since the Fonz took the water that fateful day. It’s like saying let’s close all prisons or stop enforcing all non-violent penal statues (well, Joe Biden did kind of say that).

Even past the rule of law issues, which stand tall on their own, the impracticality of it all sticks out like a sore thumb. Our system is already overloaded. Now, Bernie wants to tell HHS that no one can be deported? Where will they live? Who will pay for them? Never mind that such an action would result in a massive influx of dangerous, un-vetted illegal immigration. The border has just now started to calm down and Bernie wants to fling the door open again and give away free cocktails on the way in. Think of how much that would benefit the cartels and how many women and children would lose their lives with such a policy.

Democrats are going to calling for seizing citizen’s homes to house illegal immigrants pretty soon. I mean, what’s the next logical escalation of their craziness? They already want to give out free healthcare and college. What about free cars? Free phones? It’s as if money has no finite value.

Let’s be real though. This is actually about simply releasing illegal immigrants into the general population with no accountability. Damage to them or others be damned. The Democrats are playing an incredibly dangerous and cynical game. In a saner political environment, they’d be mercilessly mocked for such ideas. Instead, they are lauded by our media. But these are the stakes in 2020 and why seeing that a Democrat isn’t elected is so important.

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Watch: Former ICE Director Clowns Debbie Wasserman Schultz About Her Ignorance On the Border Crisis

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Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan wasn’t taking any lip from Democrats during a House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Wednesday, specifically from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

According to Fox News, Homan was pushing back against a Democrat party established narrative that said President Donald Trump’s administration was ending deferred action, which gives certain illegal immigrants with medical issues a reprieve from deportation.

Wasserman Schultz didn’t like the fact that Homan was correcting the lie and attacked him personally with accusations of bigotry and essentially calling him a liar.

“I think it’s important to really make sure that the jingoistic, bigoted testimony of Mr. Homan is called out as nearly completely untrue, as being an outrage, and as a former official directing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, he should know better,” she said.

“What did I say was inaccurate?” Homan asked her.

“I just think it’s important that it’s not accepted as accurate testimony,” said Wasserman, ignoring the question and moving on to another witness.

Homan waited until it was Republican Rep. Jim Jordan’s turn to ask the question, and used the time to fire back at Wasserman Schultz. The former ICE director made sure Wasserman Schultz’s ignorance about the border crisis was on full display, and made her look like a coward to boot.

“If I can respond to the earlier remark from Wasserman Schultz, I’ve forgotten more about this issue than you’ll ever know,” he said. “So if you say my testimony is inaccurate, it’s wrong. Everything I said here is accurate. Bottom line. If you want to go toe to toe, I’m here. I’m here on my own time to speak to the American people about what’s false and what’s fact.”

“I’m happy to go toe to toe with you Mr. Homan,” Wasserman Schultz responded. “I’m happy to do that any day.”

“Then you gotta let me respond to your question rather than dropping a bomb and running away,” Homan fired back.

Wasserman Schultz attempted to make an excuse about her fleeing Homan’s question with “it was my time,” but the damage was done.

Homan continued by stating that the border crisis won’t be solved by generating false narratives and promising things to illegal immigrants like leniency and free healthcare.

Homan has been fighting the narrative created by Democrats that ICE are heartless people who mistreat immigrants at the border.

“It doesn’t help to have a mixed message that all of a sudden deferred action is going away,” he said during his remarks to congress. “ICE doesn’t put their heart on a shelf when they wear the badge and gun and all of a sudden don’t care about humanity. It’s ridiculous. It’s a ridiculous false narrative, and I’m going to be here ’till the day I die defending the men and women of the Border Patrol and ICE who put it on the line defending this country.”

(h/t: Daily Caller)

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UPDATE: CA City Councilwoman Defends Anti-ICE Video, Tells Lies From the Dais

Remember Simi Valley City Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos? She’s the one who posted a video to her *official* Facebook and Instagram pages on July 13 in which she sat in front of a defaced United States flag while accusing our government of being “in the business of running concentration camps” and arguing that ICE “raids” made our communities less safe. Oh, and she advised those who might be the target of that weekend’s planned ICE raids (who were fugitives subject to deportation orders) that they didn’t have to answer the door to ICE.

Here’s a memory refresher.

The video didn’t go over well with most Simi Valley residents. Those residents quickly organized and showed up en masse to the City Council meeting on July 29 to voice their displeasure. Luevanos made no attempt to apologize, instead opting to lie about ICE activity in the community – while seated on the dais in a televised city council meeting!

One of Luevanos’ supporters claimed in her comments to the council that immigrants in Simi Valley lived in fear and that ICE was conducting raids and sweeping up innocent people. Simi Valley Mayor Keith Mashburn asked the speaker if she could provide any dates, times, places of said activity so he could investigate and make sure that nothing untoward was happening. The supporter refused, and Luevanos stepped in with an alleged example.

“The manager of Vallarta supermarket told a friend of mine that last Friday there was an ICE raid right outside of Vallarta Supermarket and five immigrants were detained by ICE and arrested, and it has been a ghost town at Vallarta since then…I have also seen the ICE buses at the Shell gas station in the 18 years that I have lived here, several times….If you want confirmation, you can speak to the manager at Vallarta.”

Both Mashburn and another councilman spoke to the manager at Vallarta and to a representative from the corporate office, both of whom denied that such a raid ever took place.

Why would Luevanos tell such a lie, a lie that would put a community she claims to advocate for in unjustified fear? (We know the answer to that question, sadly.)

Many Simi Valley residents would have been willing to forgive and move on had Luevanos apologized that night, but after hearing that she had lied while carrying out her official duties the effort to organize a recall gained steam. (Disclosure: the author is a member of the recall committee.) 

At the next council meeting, on August 12, Luevanos was served with a Notice of Intent to Recall petition signed by more than 20 registered voters. That same night, when she was questioned about her lie, Luevanos changed her story but stuck to the basic assertion – that there had been an ICE raid in Simi Valley.

She said:

“I do have — you know, I do have friends that are immigration attorneys. I practiced — you know, I was — I was in immigration law over 20 years ago when I was in law school, and many of my friends are still immigration attorneys.

“Due to attorney/client privileges they cannot come forth and state, but I do have an attorney who is a friend of mine who has stated that there were, in fact, ICE raids in the Vallarta vicinity and they are his clients. He cannot come here and say anything because that is an attorney/client privilege.

“So, you know, I — I just wanted to respond in that manner, to clarify that there is verification but unfortunately due to client/attorney privileges they cannot come forth. And for safety, especially given the El Paso shootings that were aimed and targeted at Latino immigrants, he’s even more fearful of coming forward.”

Of course, there’s no way to corroborate her story – and that’s by design.

Luevanos responded to the Notice of Intent, stating that she was simply informing people of their civil rights. The petitioners have filed a proposed recall petition with the City Clerk, and are awaiting approval before starting to gather signatures.

More information can be found at www.recallruth.com.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor at RedState and Executive Director of the Save California PAC. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Trump Administration Bans Democrat Staffers From Border Facilities

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The Department of Homeland Security made a decision this week to ban Democrat staffers working for the House Oversight Committee from visiting border facilities. This came after reports of disruptive behavior and a refusal to follow rules on previous trips.

This via Fox News.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred Democratic staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a planned trip this week after committee staff allegedly were “disruptive” and refused to follow instructions during their last trip, Fox News has learned.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., had sent his staff to visit border facilities for “oversight inspections” last week and planned to send staff again to view Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP centers.

But sources told Fox News that DHS has revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations — including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being “rude” to officers. A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit. One of those visits took place on Tuesday.

“Due to the operational burden placed on the field by their refusal to comply with instruction during last week’s STAFFDEL [staff delegation visit], CBP pulled the trip in which more site visits were to take place at CBP and ICE facilities this week,” a senior DHS official told Fox News in an email Wednesday. “DHS communicated to the committee that due to their conduct, CBP could not support visits from the committee this week.”

Some will get upset about this but I’m fine with it. CBP and ICE can not do their jobs properly with Democrat staffers running around politicizing everything and refusing to listen to instructions and follow schedules. These facilities have limited resources and the agencies running them hold legal liability for those in their care. Staffers were said to have been flouting the regulations on taking pictures, overstaying tours, showing up late for others, and making demands of DHS that were not disclosed in earlier communications.

Democrats are claiming this hampers their oversight role but that’s nonsense. Any Congressional member is still perfectly capable of getting on an airplane and visiting themselves. There’s no mandate that the administration must accept whoever Congressional members send down to “inspect” things.

Further, nothing Congress is doing has been attempted in good faith. They’ve routinely lied about conditions at the border while ignoring the impossible position DHS has been put in. Meanwhile, they’ve sought to stifle funding that’s desperately needed to house people properly, all while they complain people aren’t being housed properly. Comparisons to Nazis and the Gestapo have also been made Congressional members in public settings.

There’s no reason that DHS should go out of its way to accommodate people who refuse to treat them fairly in return.

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CNN Wastes No Time In Lying About New Border Regulations

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If their lips are moving, or in this case, if their B roll is rolling.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration released new regulations to supplant the disastrous Flores Agreement, which led to family separation because it did not allow parents and children to stay together after 20 days while their cases are adjudicated. This is common sense and should have been done a long time ago. There is no reason for any child to not be able to stay with their parent while at the same time allowing the legal process to play out in a way that makes sense. Simply releasing everyone was not a solution and only exacerbated the problem as the cartels literally setup child rental services so people could use them to gain access to the interior. Such loopholes also served as a magnet for more to make the dangerous journey.

Given these new regulations will end family separation, you’d think the media would be overjoyed. They’ve spent years at this point decrying the sending of kids to live with relatives while their family’s asylum claims are heard.

But nope. Because everything Trump does must be attacked, even when he’s doing what they originally claimed they wanted (i.e. no family separation), so the media are now saying that keeping families together is even worse…because reasons.

Here’s how CNN dishonestly handled the news per the Daily Caller.

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto told viewers during the 10 am hour that the Flores agreement means families can be held a maximum of 20 days “in the facilities you see here.” The program then cut to a shot of an El Paso, Texas Border Patrol facility featuring migrants behind chain link fences and wearing foil blankets.

The clear implication of the CNN segment was that the family units could now be detained in such Border Patrol facilities beyond 20 days with the new DHS rule.

However, the Flores agreement applies to ICE facilities, not facilities run by Border Patrol.

In fact, family units stay in Border Patrol facilities for a relatively short amount of time — hours or a few days, depending on various factors — before they are either released or transferred to an ICE family residential center.

“Right now families average less than four days from apprehension to release or transfer to ICE. That is a reasonable average at current flow levels and with current operational procedures in place,” a DHS official explained to the Caller.

The residential centers that children and their family members would actually stay in for the duration of their court proceedings look very different than the CNN segment suggested, containing various amenities and programs intended for long-term stays.

In short, CNN announced the new rules but then showed B roll all day of CBP processing facilities instead of the real ICE dormitories these families would actually be staying in. The reason CNN is doing this is to spread the false impression that children are going to be held in cages for weeks on end, something that doesn’t happen.

Here’s the reality. When an illegal immigrant enters the country, they are often entering in remote, inhospitable areas. CBP have to detain them and hold them until they can be vetted and entered into the system. That means a few days in a border processing facility. These locations can not realistically be expected to be comfortable given their locations and the limited resources available. Families of illegal immigrants (or even single illegal immigrants) do not stay in these places for long though. They are quickly moved out to ICE housing, which includes all necessities and many amenities. There is nothing inhumane about keeping families together in these places.

Yet, because our politics are just garbage these days, the media and the left refuse to give credit where credit is due. Instead they mislead, lie, and present false impressions of what’s really going on. For example, the paper of record framed this as the Trump administration depriving illegal immigrants of basic needs because the Flores agreement supposedly guarantees those. This despite the fact that the new regulations actually go beyond the Flores agreement. The dishonesty is just mind-numbing.

The true game here is simple. The only response the left in this country want to the border problem is catch and release. It doesn’t matter that such a policy causes mass chaos on the border and promotes further human trafficking. All that matters is politics and CNN is one of the worst offenders.

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