This is huge: Court strikes down Indiana ‘sanctuary city’ that was trying to protect illegal immigrants

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EAST CHICAGO, IN– Sanctuary policies across the country have made it safe for illegal aliens to commit major crimes in this country, and then go on to re-commit again without fear of deportation. 

A court in East Chicago, Indiana, has just struck down the sanctuary policies that were put in place, ruling that they are a violation of a statewide ban on the sanctuary jurisdictions that intend on protecting illegal aliens rather than the citizens of the U.S.

Breitbart reported that late last week, Judge Thomas Hallett of Indiana’s Lake County Superior Court ruled that the sanctuary policies adopted in East Chicago — in response to President Trump’s pro-enforcement agenda — violated the state’s 2011 law that bans sanctuary jurisdictions.

James Bopp, Jr., the attorney who represented residents John Allen and Greg Serbon, said in a statement:

“We are pleased that, after extended litigation, the court has recognized the obvious fact that such ordinances are illegal in Indiana,” 

He continued:

“There must be no more such ordinances in Indiana, and those in existence are clearly in violation of Indiana law.”

The plaintiffs in the case were represented by The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), who had originally helped craft Indiana’s statewide ban on sanctuary jurisdictions. By banning sanctuary jurisdictions, local law enforcement agencies are required to cooperate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. 

IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox said in a statement:

“Sheltering illegal aliens from immigration authorities not only flagrantly violates duly-enacted Indiana law, but represents a serious public safety and national security risk,” 

He went on to say:

“When cities such as East Chicago insist on putting the interests of illegal aliens above those of their own citizenry, they have to be stopped, and we are pleased the court did just that.”

This is not the first time a court in Indiana has struck down a sanctuary policy in a similar ruling in the last year. In November of 2020, Lake County Superior Court struck down Gary, Indiana’s sanctuary policies. In that case, IRLI and Bopp successfully argued that the city had violated the statewide ban on sanctuary jurisdictions with its “Welcoming City” ordinance, Breitbart reported.

The city can now appeal the trial court’s decision to the Indiana Court of Appeals. The case is Serbon v. City of East Chicago, No. 45D03-1805-PL-000045 in the Lake County Superior Court.

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Law Enforcement Today recently reported on an illegal immigrant who received a mere five years in prison, on U.S. taxpayers dime, in the sanctuary state of New Jersey. Here is more on that story. 

NEW JERSEY– As Law Enforcement Today has continuously reported, sanctuary states across the country are harboring criminals, allowing them to remain on U.S. soil, usually to be released to commit crimes again. 

Thanks to Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey is a state with a very broad sanctuary policy, essentially inhibiting law enforcement officers from keeping the Garden State safe from illegal immigrants. 

One such illegal immigrant, 49-year-old Jesus Leal-Corona was just sentenced to a mere five years in prison after killing a 24-year-old man in a drunk driving car crash. 

Breitbart reported that Jesus Leal-Corona pleaded guilty in 2020 to second-degree vehicular homicide, two counts of third-degree vehicular assault, and drunk driving after hitting and killing 24-year-old Frankie Hensley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in September 2019.

At the time, Leal-Corona, who had been living in Monroeville, New Jersey, admitted to police that he was drunk driving when he hit Hensley.

Hensley was the passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a separate crash prior to the incident at the intersection of State Highway 77 and Fislerville Road in Elk Township around 7:30 p.m. on September 27, 2020.

Hensley was standing outside of the car at the first crash when he was struck by Leal-Corona’s 2005 Jeep. Hensley was rushed to a nearby hospital and died hours later as a result of his injuries.

Leal-Corona was sentenced to five years in prison for the vehicular homicide charge and must serve 85 percent of his term before becoming eligible for parole, according to reports.

In addition to his five year sentence, Leal-Corona received a three-year sentence for vehicular assault and 30 days in prison for the drunk driving charge.

This is not the first time Leal-Corona has been arrested. According to reports, prior to the deadly crash, he had been arrested in both Texas and New Jersey. Despite both arrests, he was never deported back to his country of origin.

Thanks to New Jersey’s sanctuary policy, once Leal-Corona completes 85 percent of his mandated prison sentence, he will be free to live in the United States, and will not be allowed to be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for deportation. 

Report: Biden’s “Sanctuary Country” policy allowing illegal immigrant sex offenders to be freed onto American streets

May 3, 2021

SAN ANTONIO, TX –  Since President Biden ordered ICE not to arrest and deport illegal aliens unless they had been convicted of aggravated felonies against Americans, U.S. streets have been left open for illegal alien sex offenders as well.

In February, President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued orders to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that protect most illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.

ICE Director Tae Johnson instructed agents not to arrest or deport illegal aliens unless they were convicted of crimes such as rape, murder, child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor, trafficking firearms, and theft against Americans.

The policy did not require the arrest or deportation of illegal aliens convicted of those crimes in their home country.

An illegal alien, for example, who has been charged with sexual abuse of a child is not eligible to be arrested, detained, or deported by ICE agents because the suspect has not yet been convicted.

Under Biden’s policy, should 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 a complicated chain of command where a field director or a special agent in charge must approve the arrest.

At the time of the order, former DHS official and current Director of the Center for Technology Policy and Senior Research Fellow for Homeland Security at the Heritage Foundation Lora Ries issued a statement:

“President Biden ran the 2020 campaign promising to ‘return to norms.’ His new immigration proposal and his new guidance to ICE show that was a complete lie.

“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.  

“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, an investigation by FOX 29’s Yami Virgin in San Antonio, Texas, found that while releasing illegal aliens into the streets of the U.S. under the Biden “Sanctuary Country” policies, U.S. Marshals are releasing illegal alien sex offenders onto American streets. Virgin wrote:

“Our investigation has found (that) some detainees or convicted felons have been released to the streets instead of being picked up by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE.”

Aristides Jimenez, a former agent in charge of South Texas Homeland Security Investigations, said that at least 36 illegal inmates detained at the Bexar County Jail in San Antonio had to be released when ICE lifted detainers:

“They’re basically telling state and locals to just release them into the community. When ICE is not responding, it underscores the importance of good information sharing and good public safety between state, local and federal entities”

Virgin said that U.S. Marshals have detailed that they have also experienced similar situations where apprehended illegal aliens have been released after ICE dropped detainers:

“The U.S. Marshals have also had to deal with the same situation. Sources tell us at least 2 sex offenders who had ICE detainers were released when the detainers were lifted by ICE. One is Del Rio the other in Austin.

“We asked the U.S. Marshals for a comment, and we received this statement: ‘The U.S. Marshals Service does not comment on issues that are the subject of ongoing or pending litigation.’” 

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