NEW JERSEY- No doubt Democrats who have called for the destruction of ICE are going to stay silent on this one.
A Brazilian national, in the country illegally and wanted in Brazil for homicide, was arrested last week during enforcement efforts conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New Jersey, targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal reentrants and other immigration violators.
From January 27 to February 1, ICE arrested 115 foreign nationals, and 84 percent had prior criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges.
Convictions and pending charges included:
Homicide, sexual assault on a minor, child abuse, possession of narcotics, distribution of narcotics, extortion, DUI, fraud, domestic violence, theft, possession of a weapon, robbery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, assault by auto, receiving stolen property, shoplifting, burglary and illegal reentry.
Both ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) New York Field Office assisted ERO with these arrests.
“The remarkable results of our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety in the face of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Immigrant Trust Directive, which severely limits local and state law enforcement cooperation with ICE-ERO,” said Ruben Perez.
He’s the acting field office director of ERO Newark.
“This targeted enforcement action focuses on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety. Because of the targeted efforts of these professional officers, there are 115 fewer criminals in our communities.”
ICE has a message for sanctuary cities and agencies:
Any local jurisdiction thinking that refusing to cooperate with ICE will result in a decrease in local immigration enforcement is mistaken. These jurisdictions that choose to not cooperate with ICE are likely to see an increase in ICE enforcement activity as ICE has no choice but to conduct more at-large, targeted enforcement actions since the agency is unable to take custody of a criminal alien within the confines of a local jail.
Recent arrests include:
-In Newark, a 53-year-old Brazilian national, who has a warrant in Brazil for the offense of homicide;
-In Fairfield, a 58-year-old Peruvian national, who has a warrant in Peru for the offense of extortion;
-In North Bergen, a 44-year-old Salvadoran national, who has a conviction for the offense of endangering the welfare of a child;
-In Elizabeth, a 28-year-old Salvadoran national, who has a pending case in El Salvador for the offense of homicide;
-In Glassboro, a 60-year-old previously deported Mexican national, who has a conviction for the offense of homicide;
-In Guttenberg, a 40-year-old Mexican national, who has convictions for the offense of child abuse, DUI and domestic violence;
-In North Brunswick, a 42-year-old Jamaican national, who has convictions for the offense of drug smuggling and exporting cocaine;
-In Plainfield, a 31-year-old previously deported Guatemalan national, who has convictions for the offense of domestic violence and DUI;
-In Paterson, a 45-year-old Salvadoran national who has convictions for the offense of endangering the welfare of a child and DUI;
-In Passaic, a 50-year-old Bolivian national, who multiple convictions for the offense of endangering the welfare of a child, hindering apprehension and DUI;
-In Pompton Plains, a 55-year-old United Kingdom national, who has convictions for the offense of arson, domestic violence and distribution of narcotics;
-In West Milford, a 46-year-old previously deported Mexican national, who has a conviction for criminal sexual contact involving a minor;
-In Paterson a 22-year-old Dominican national, who is a member of the Trinitarios gang with convictions for the offense of possession of a weapon and theft; and
-In Paterson, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national, who is a member of the MS-13 gang.
The individuals arrested throughout New Jersey were nationals of:
Argentina (1), Bolivia (1), Brazil (4), Colombia (3), Costa Rica (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (9), Ecuador (9), El Salvador (12), Ghana (1), Guatemala (16), Honduras (9), India (2), Jamaica (2), Mexico (32), Nigeria (1), Panama (1), Peru (2), Philippines (1), Poland (2), Spain (2), United Kingdom (1), and Venezuela (1).
Some will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after removal. An alien who illegally re-enters the United States after removal can face up to 20 years in federal prison if criminally prosecuted.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is extremely proud to have assisted in this targeted enforcement action,” said Troy Miller.
He’s the director of the CBP New York Field Office.
“It is through collaborative efforts that law enforcement agencies can combat illegal acts and apprehend criminals who pose a threat to the homeland.”
ICE officers carry out targeted enforcement actions every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.
ICE focuses its limited resources first and foremost by targeting those who pose the greatest threat to public safety and border security, and our officers make arrests every single day.
The agency’s arrest statistics clearly reflect this. Nationally, approximately 86 percent of ERO’s administrative arrests during fiscal year 2019 either had a criminal conviction or were pending criminal charges.
As ICE continues to enforce the law and tries to keep our nation safe, there are politicians trying to disband them.
Tom Homan, a former acting ICE director and now a Fox News contributor blasted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after the radical Democrat took aim at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement while campaigning in Iowa for fellow democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders.
“She’s disgusting,” Homan said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
The remark that set Homan off talked about tipping lawbreakers off when ICE agents are around.
“Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are in communities, to try to keep people safe,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I’m not here to reform some of these systems, when we talk about immigration. I’m here because Sen. Sanders has actually committed to break up ICE and CBP. That is why I’m here.”
Homan did not mince words, saying not only was her comment “dangerous,” it was downright “idiotic” and as a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez should have to face the consequences for her words.
“First of all, it’s an incredibly stupid statement she made, which doesn’t surprise me because she is about as far from smart as anyone could possibly be,” Homan opined.
“But what she said is dangerous — these men and women put their lives on the line every day to arrest criminals off the streets, especially in New York.”
“It’s a dangerous statement. It’s idiotic,” he added. “And I just can’t believe she can stand up on stage and make a statement like that and not have any repercussions from the House ethics committee.”
As for doing away with the agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws, Homan reminded viewers of what ICE does.
“Last year they arrested 27,000 criminals,” he explained. “Think about it for a minute, 2000 of those were for homicide, 12,000 of those were rapes, 45,000 assaults. ICE is keeping the community safe.”
The former acting director of ICE was asked why the agency has become such a target of the left and he pointed to President Trump.
“Because they’re enforcing the law,” he said. “President Trump, who in my opinion is the greatest president I ever worked for, he believes law enforcement should enforce the law. He believes you don’t reward lawbreakers… so they’re vilifying the men and women of ICE for simply doing their jobs.”
Citing the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report for fiscal year 2018, Fox News said 138,117 aliens with criminal histories, which include convicted criminal and pending criminal charges, were arrested in 2018.
Homan did not try to hide the contempt he had for Ocasio-Cortez.
“AOC wouldn’t have the backbone to do the job they do,” he said of ICE agents. “She doesn’t like what they do? Then change the law, but stop vilifying the men and women of ICE.”
“I buried ICE agents, I buried border patrol agents,” he continued. “Maybe she ought to see what it’s like to try to console a wife or a child of a fallen officer?”
Homan wasn’t finished.
“Maybe she ought to go walk the National Fallen Officer Memorial in Washington, D.C. and run her hand across the names of the 22,000 fallen.”
We would invite her to do just that.
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This year’s events, brought to you by our friends at C.O.P.S., the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, is May 12-17, in the nation’s capitol.
Taken from the schedule of events for Police Week 2020:
The Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police request the honor of your presence at the 39th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The service is held on the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Law Enforcement Today brought you a behind-the scenes look at last year’s Police Week, highlighting a segment aired by Fox and Friends.
Washington, D.C. is known for its’ memorials. In fact, there is only one monument in the city, the Washington Monument. Everything else is a memorial.
Plenty of these memorials have names etched in them. The Vietnam Wall Memorial comes to mind. If you have a chance to visit the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, you will find benches, each with a name of a person killed at the Pentagon that day. But only one memorial continues to add to the list of names.
Every spring, during Police Week, new names are added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. This year, according to the NLEOMF, the 2019 Roll Call of Heroes contains 371 names of fallen warriors that will be added to the memorial.
As part of last year’s Police Week, Fox News’ Todd Piro had an opportunity to speak with some family members of law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty.
“The word powerful does not go far enough to describe this experience. It was an incredible honor to represent our Fox and Friends team and meet some incredible people in the process,” Piro said in the piece, which started with the Blue Honor Gala, a benefit for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
At the C.O.P.S. Survivors Conference, attendees wear one of two badges: blue to represent a returning family member, yellow for those who lost a family member in the line of duty in the last year. If you are a frequent reader of Law Enforcement Today, some of these names will be familiar to you.
Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman (CA) Police Department, was killed in December of 2018 when he was shot during a traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver, who was not in America legally.
Anamika Chand-Singh, the officer’s widow, said:
“Our day starts in tears and we go to bed in tears again. My child was 5 months old when this event happened. It could have easily been prevented. It is still unbelievable, and we still feel like he is going to come home.”
When asked about what it means to survivors such as Singh’s family, for organizations like C.O.P.S. to try to make things easier, she said:
“As a survivor, to see the amount of people coming out here showing their support and honoring officers is just amazing. Whatever I have needed, they have been there to support.”
Piro also spoke with Alyssa Cordova, the widow of Officer Jesus Cordova of the Nogales (AZ) Police Department.
Cordova died on April 27, 2018, when he was shot by a suspected car-jacker.
The father of four was 44-years-old.
“I asked him, ‘are you ever afraid of what you do? He said, ‘you know what, I’m not afraid of dying, I am afraid of what will happen to you and the kids if I die.’ And here we are, surviving, because that’s what we are: survivors.”
Piro concluded the piece by talking to Lanie Weigand, the 14-year-old daughter of Sgt. Michael Weigand Jr., of the Latimore Township (PA) Police Department.
Sgt. Weigand was killed while riding his motorcycle as part of an escort. A driver lost control of his pickup truck and struck Weigand head-on. His End of Watch was Sunday, September 14, 2008.
Lanie was 3 at the time of her father’s death.
Piro asked her: “
You were only 3 years old when your dad died, you have been coming to C.O.P.S. for a while now. What is that role like, helping people who have just endured that horrible loss in the last year?”
“A word of advice to them, just keep pushing through, because you know, it’s not going to get easier, but we are all here together, and we are all here to help each other. Our fathers, our mothers, our sons, our daughters, they are taken away from us and we can’t do anything about it. All of us together, I feel like it makes us stronger because of the sacrifice that they made and the ones that they left behind.”
Piro told the hosts of Fox News how blown away he was by Lanie’s response. He also said:
“…again, we speak for a living, and I can’t find the words to describe what yesterday meant.”
The anchor team then discussed the ill-conceived perception of law enforcement in our society today and the difficulty it places on them:
“Not only in people paying the price with their lives because of the lack of respect by people out there, but it’s harder and harder to recruit, because of how we take law enforcement for granted, and in many sense, go out of our way to condemn them.”
Piro agreed with that sentiment.
“100% right Brian, you hear that echoed through what these people are saying throughout this conference, throughout this week. It’s two-fold. One, we need to protect our officers and honor them. But two, don’t demonizing these folks.”
This memorial is the only one that continues to grow. It is our fervent hope and prayer that it does not continue to grow at such an alarming rate. We must, as a society, return to a mindset of trust, respect and admiration for those amongst us who make the choice to protect and serve us at all costs. Sheepdogs are a rare breed, and we must do everything we can to love and support them.
Thanks to C.O.P.S. and what they do to support and assist survivors of our fallen heroes.
To those who have served or are currently serving in a law enforcement capacity, thank you doesn’t quite cover the gratitude we feel.
To those who are survivors, please know that the loss of your dad, mom, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother or sister is not only memorialized by being etched on a wall in D.C., it is also carried with many of us in our hearts and our minds. And your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. You are loved. We grieve with you, and you are in our prayers daily.
The video of the Fox and Friends interview at National Police Week can be see here.
Author Note: Law Enforcement Today is proud to support Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) as our “charity of choice” for supporting the survivors of fallen officers. We hope you’ll consider doing the same.
Here’s what they are all about:
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 48,000 survivors. Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and co-workers of officers who have died in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria. C.O.P.S. is governed by a national board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.
C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound Adventure for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.