TITUSVILLE, FL – During a recent press briefing with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, alongside Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and the parents of two people who were killed by illegal immigrants (known as “angel families”), a collective call was made for the Biden administration to enforce immigration law and to proactively deport illegal immigrants.
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The press briefing was reportedly held on March 30th at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.
During the briefing, Governor DeSantis took the time to highlight the state of Florida’s proactiveness with regard to addressing the criminal element versus other states that have had a more lackadaisical approach:
“You’re not going to see people…dangerous people released in Florida like you’ve seen in some of these other states where they get rid of bail and they do all this stuff because public safety matters.
“One component of that is making sure people who are in the country illegally and committing crimes are held accountable.”
The Florida governor was extremely critical of the Biden administration’s handling of immigration, especially with respect to illegal immigrants convicted of crimes here stateside:
“Someone may be here illegally, they commit a felony, they get convicted they get sent to state prison. Well, their sentence runs out at some point, and the appropriate thing to do is for the federal authorities to then take custody, and then return them to their home country, and we think that that worked very well for my first two years as governor.”
It was back on February 18th when the Biden administration issued new directives to Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) in terms of the prioritization of deporting illegal immigrants, which effectively has the agency only focused on illegal immigrants who actively pose national security threats or have been convicted of serious crimes like rape and murder.
Governor DeSantis coined this administrative stance as being a sort of tacit acceptance of those illegally present in the country:
“Now though under the Biden administration, they are basically dispensing with this idea of accepting the criminal aliens, they are not honoring ICE detention detainers and they’re halting removals of even criminal aliens.
“We’ve already had in Florida, a handful of criminal aliens that had finished their sentences, and that detainers were removed by the Biden administration.”
Two parents who had lost their sons due to illegal immigrants present within the community also spoke out during the briefing.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to put pressure on the Biden Administration to resume the federal policy of deporting undocumented immigrants who have served a sentence following a criminal conviction. https://t.co/vqHRclPAys
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Kiyan Michael spoke about her son who was killed in 2007 by an illegal immigrant who had already been deported from the country twice:
“They talk about the separation of children…but real separation is having to go to the cemetery and look at your child. That’s the only way you can visit them. He’ll never come home. Our children are not coming back.
“Our son, Brandon Randolph Michael, 21-years-old and we live in Jacksonville, Florida. So he’s on his lunch break going to cash his paycheck — just like every other kid, young man — engaged to be married, he had his whole life ahead of him when a twice-deported illegal crashed into our son.
“Just weeks prior, he had been stopped by our local law enforcement, they found him to be driving without a driver’s license and they just let him go. They released back into our community.”
Jamiel Shaw Sr. had also lost his 17-year-old son back in 2008, when young Jamiel Shaw Jr. was simply walking home and was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had just gotten out of jail:
“March 2, 2008, my son was coming home from the mall…and he was murdered.
“The illegal alien that murdered him already had three gun charges, assault with a deadly weapon and he was in jail the day before he murdered my son with assault with a deadly weapon, using a gun, battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest.
“He was only given eight months in the county jail and he was released in four months. The same day he got out, he was in my neighborhood and caught my son and shot him in the head. He shot him in his stomach and while he was on the ground with his hands up in the air…he shot him in his head.”
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Back in March, Law Enforcement Today reported on how Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the administration’s approach to immigration issues.
Here’s that previous report.
TALLAHASSEE, FL- As the Biden Justice Department continues to seek out those involved in the “insurrection” at the US Capitol on January 6, the rest of his administration is apparently turning a blind eye to real criminals.
By that, it is the fact that what amounts to Biden’s “sanctuary country” policy is releasing huge numbers of criminal aliens into American cities and towns.
So what’s going on?
In February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now under the apparent command of Joe Biden ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents not to pursue illegal aliens for arrest and deportation unless they have been recently convicted [emphasis added] of aggravated felonies against Americans.
Please note convicted.
What does that mean exactly? Just what it says…criminal aliens who have been arrested and charged with crimes such as rape, murder, sexual abuse of a child, child pornography or literally hundreds of other felonies wouldn’t be eligible for take into custody orders because they have not yet been convicted of the crimes.
Word salad? Absolutely, and the ignorant among the American public probably do not understand that convicted and arrested mean two entirely different things.
As Breitbart noted, if “ICE agents try to arrest an illegal alien who is not a convicted aggravated felon—or a known or suspected terrorist or gang member—they must first get approval through an arduous chain of command process where a field director or a special agent in charge greenlights the effort.”
According to the Western Journal, Laura Ries, a former DHS official who now works for the Heritage Foundation as a senior research fellow said Biden’s scheme basically turns the entirety of the United States into a “sanctuary country.”
“Law enforcement professionals estimate these guidelines will take 90 percent of those here illegally off the table when it comes to detention or deportation,” she wrote in a statement.
“In essence, ICE agents are being told to back down from enforcing the law and doing their jobs. Sadly, this guidance is forcing law enforcement officers to choose between protecting Americans and protecting their careers,” Ries wrote.
“Forget sanctuary cities—this turns America into a sanctuary country. Prominent leftists have spent the past months calling to ‘abolish ICE.’ The Biden administration effectively just made their wish come true.”
Now, some states have had enough of the federal government’s soft on criminal illegal aliens approach. Breitbart reports that in Florida, Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed suit against the Biden administration’s sanctuary country orders.
That lawsuit has revealed that illegal alien convicts in state prisons are being released into American communities because ICE no longer has the ability to detain and deport them.
Moody identified seven illegal alien convicts in the case—many of whom have been convicted of burglary, cocaine trafficking, grand theft auto, heroin trafficking, credit card fraud, money laundering and other crimes.
In those cases, the Florida Department of Corrections sent notices to ICE about illegal alien convicts’ upcoming release dates, however ICE agents were forced to reply saying they could not take custody of the criminals due to Biden’s sanctuary orders.
That resulted in two criminals—Alejandro Falcon Luis Reyes and Dzevad Husejnovic being released into Florida communities rather than being turned over to ICE to get launched out of the country.
Other inmates named in the lawsuit—Jose Gomez, Loveson Pierre, Donovan Mott, and Wanto Jerome—are all scheduled to be released later this month, in June or November.
“The Biden administration’s reckless policy of refusing to do their jobs and deport criminals places all those gains and Floridians’ public safety at risk,” Moody said in a statement.
“Until President Biden’s inauguration, presidents of both parties detained and deported criminals,” Moody continued. “This is a radical shift that places Floridians and our law enforcement officers in greater danger, and that is why I filed suit.”
For example, in Pasco County, Florida in particular, the lawsuit states that ICE agents were unable to take three illegal aliens into custody who had been convicted of crimes such as domestic violence, violating a restraining order, and a warrant for an accused sexual predator.
Two other states have also filed suit against Biden, including Arizona, where Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit, as well as Montana where Attorney General Austin Knudsen have joined Florida. Both those states argue that Biden’s sanctuary country policy violates federal immigration law.
Breitbart previously reported that due to Biden’s sanctuary country orders, ICE detention of illegal aliens has hit the lowest level in the history of that agency, with less than 14,000 detainees in custody. Along the same lines, deportations have been cut by 53 percent in his first month in the White House.
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