New York Democrats claim ICE agents posing as NYPD to arrest illegal aliens. Except – it’s apparently not true.

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BROOKLYN, NY– Under the Trump administration, ICE agents are cracking down on illegal immigrants all over the country, who have been previously arrested for various violent crimes.

Despite the fact that many immigrants face a language barrier, the word “police” is recognized across the globe.

Additionally, the word “ICE” is a universally understood, but also often feared term by those in the country illegally. 

People in New York are now in an uproar, because they are claiming they were tricked by ICE agents who were allegedly posing as NYPD officers to gain access to the suspects they were seeking. 

According to The Daily News, on Saturday October 10th, one such incident took place when ICE agents, allegedly posing as NYPD officers were searching for Santos-Rodriguez, 48. After gathered information from his relatives, ICE agents arrested Santos-Rodriguez as he arrived at his morning shift as a Harlem restaurant chef.

Santos-Rodriguez was previously arrested and charged with an unspecified crime. He is currently in jail, facing deportation. 

An unidentified resident told PIX11 News in Spanish:

“They were yelling ‘ICE, police, open up or we’ll knock your door down,’” 

ICE agents released a statement saying:

“ICE officers are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration laws created by Congress to keep this country safe.

The word ‘POLICE’ is a universally recognized symbol of law enforcement in most cultures, an important distinction given that many of the individuals with whom ICE interacts are not native English speakers.

Given the inherently dangerous nature of ICE officers’ work, their ability to quickly establish their identity as sworn law enforcement personnel could potentially mean the difference between life and death.”

Shortly after the first statement was sent, ICE sent out a second statement that said they were not involved in any activities in question despite what the residents in Brooklyn are claiming.

That statement said:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has no record of any enforcement activities being conducted at the time and location specified in your query.“

As a direct result of these raids, on Sunday, October 11th, Brooklyn residents in Fort Greene protested in front of the 88th police precinct at 2pm, in what they called an Anti-ICE protest. 

Of course, no one expected “anti-police” mayor Bill de Blasio to stay silent on a chance to condemn law enforcement again. 

 

After claiming his office has received “numerous reports” of ICE agents “posing” as NYPD officers, de Blasio wrote a letter to acting ICE director Tony Pham, saying:

“These types of activities jeopardize the willingness and comfort of immigrant New Yorkers in interacting with the NYPD on crucial matters involving public safety and local law enforcement,”

He continued:

“Clearly stated, the NYPD does not want ICE agents stating or implying that they represent the NYPD,”

What is absolutely hysterical, is the part in de Blasio’s letter where he says:

“New York City remains the safest big city in America in large part because of NYPD’s work to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime feel safe coming forward.”

Funny how the Mayor is in complete denial of the out of control crime raging in his city. What is even more comical, is the fact that he states NYC is safe due to the NYPD, however, he chose to de-fund those very same officers that are meant to keep his city safe. 

The NYPD told PIX11 they have no record of the incidents.

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Here is a story Law Enforcement Today brought you on the ICE raids taking place in sanctuary states across the country. 

CALIFORNIA– On Wednesday, October 7th, Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials announced the arrest of 128 people in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco areas between September 28th and October 2nd.  

The arrests come as part of the agency’s latest “Operation Rise”, which sought to arrest individuals who have been “arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies, despite having active immigration detainers in place,” according to a news release from ICE on Tuesday. 

The acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, Chad Wolf said in the news release:

“Unfortunately, certain local politicians, including many in California continue to put politics over public safety. Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called sanctuary city policies to the detriment of our country’s safety,” 

The immigrants that were arrested are said to have been previously convicted of homicide, sexual assault, and other serious crimes. 

Tony H. Pham, the senior official performing the duties of the director at ICE, said in a written statement:

“A part of ICE’s mission is to protect the American people and provide security to our communities. We accomplish this when we are partners and not adversaries with our localities, 

“Unfortunately, California’s sanctuary laws protect and shield criminal aliens, harboring them in our communities where they can potentially reoffend and revictimize.”

California is a sanctuary state, and under California’s immigrant-sanctuary law, cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents is limited. Local law enforcement cannot collaborate with immigration enforcement agents except in cases involving more serious crimes, according to KTLA5.

ICE agents possess the authority to arrest any individuals suspected to be immigration violators, however, with the lack of cooperation from local law enforcement their jobs are that much more difficult. 

The agency said:

“ICE maintains that cooperation with local law enforcement is essential to protecting public safety, and the agency aims to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions to ensure that criminal aliens are not released into U.S. communities to commit additional crimes,” 

Here is more on the original story Law Enforcement Today brought you regarding the intended ICE raids. 

Contrary to the belief of some, there are no “law-free zones” when it comes to immigration. Federal immigration laws are valid throughout the United States, including in “sanctuary” jurisdictions. 

Since the start of his presidency, President Trump has made a huge push to have ICE crack down on illegal immigration across the country. 

However, many local departments in sanctuary jurisdictions have refused to turn criminal illegal aliens over to ICE agents, so now they are planning to take matters into their own hands. 

It is reported that Federal immigration officials are planning a series of raids on criminal illegal aliens in the nation’s largest sanctuary jurisdictions. 

Those familiar with the operation told The Washington Post the raids will be carried out in sanctuary jurisdictions across California, as well as in Denver, Colorado, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Post reports:

“The Trump administration is preparing an immigration enforcement blitz next month that would target arrests in U.S. cities and jurisdictions that have adopted “sanctuary” policies, according to three U.S. officials who described a plan with public messaging that echoes the president’s law-and-order campaign rhetoric. 

“The Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation, known informally as the “sanctuary op,” could begin in California as soon as later this week.

It would then expand to cities including Denver and Philadelphia, according to two of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive government law enforcement plans.

“We do not comment on any law enforcement sensitive issues that may adversely impact our officers and the public,” Mike Alvarez, an ICE spokesman, said Tuesday in response to questions about the planned raids.

“However, every day as part of routine operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targets and arrests criminal aliens and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.” 

According to Breitbart, most recently, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has conducted raids in sanctuary jurisdictions in Chicago, Illinois, and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where local sheriff departments refuse to turn criminal illegal aliens over to ICE agents.

Out of those raids, there were 12 arrests of illegal aliens made in Mecklenburg County, and 88 arrests made in Chicago. In Mecklenburg County, six out of the 12 had already been released back into the community. In Chicago, many of those arrested were convicted of crimes such as first-degree murder, attempted robbery, and domestic battery

It is reported that according to ICE officials, 80% of illegal aliens that commit crimes and are set free, go on to commit additional crimes. 

Law Enforcement Today brought you more on the immigration crime in some of the sanctuary cities back in March. 

Sanctuary cities want you to believe that they’re only shielding illegal immigrants from ICE that have done no wrong (aside from being in the country illegally, of course).

Yet, we see example after example of these “sanctuary” cities shielding criminal illegal immigrants.

Even when people host various convictions of previous crimes and get rearrested, ICE detainers get ignored left and right.

The most recent example is Christopher Puente, who was arrested in Chicago in June of 2019.  He was released back into the community to then rape a 3-year old girl last month.

Puente’s detainer was ignored because of the sanctuary policies the city engages in.

Then we had the murder of 92-year-old Maria Fuertes in New York back in January of this year.

Another illegal immigrant that allegedly committed a crime that could have been stopped.

That’s because ICE issued a detainer for Reeaz Khan when he was arrested in November of 2019 for assault and weapons charges. Once again, the detainer was ignored.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to make it seem like they do cooperate with ICE, despite being a sanctuary city in a statement on Twitter:

“New York City has passed its own common-sense laws about immigration enforcement that have driven crime to record lows. There are 177 crimes under NYC law that trigger cooperation with federal authorities, if and when someone is convicted. That policy has kept us safe.”

The key takeaways from de Blasio’s statement are “common sense” and “if and when someone is convicted”.

First off, there’s a complete lack of “common sense” in not cooperating with ICE when an illegal immigrant has been arrested for suspected crimes like assault and weapons charges.

Also, the idea that someone needs to be convicted of one of “177 crimes” to serve the interests of standing immigration laws is preposterous.

Could you imagine any New York police department not honoring another police agency’s request for someone wanted for criminal trespassing, under one of their three NYPL sections, unless they were convicted of one of 177 crimes?

That’s basically de Blasio’s rationale for if and when they work with ICE.

ICE, for the most part, wants to focus their efforts on deporting criminal illegal immigrants.

There simply aren’t enough resources within the agency to hone in on mere immigration violations alone. When ICE is aware that an illegal immigrant has been arrested for something within the country, they want to prioritize immigration hearings for those individuals.

However, since sanctuary cities have been demonstrably uncooperative, they’ve now been forced to step-up their presence in sanctuary cities.

This was also largely propelled by the fact that the Center for Immigration Studies reported crime has been increasing in these vary sanctuary cities.

All these sanctuary cities need to do is inform ICE when one of their respective police departments arrested someone who is a person of interest to the federal agency.

By failing to do so, they’re only putting their community and ICE officials in danger, as pointed out by Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf:

“What this does, the only sanctuary it provides is to criminals. It makes those communities less safe. It also makes ICE and law enforcement officials less safe. So instead of picking up an individual in a confined jail setting, they have to go into communities to knock on doors and the like.”

Of course, you see these sanctuary cities and states claiming they’re more than happy to work with ICE, as long as they’re backed up by a judicial warrant.

Really? When it comes to ICE, a judicial warrant is suddenly needed?

If that’s the case, why would these sanctuary cities bother honoring parole violation warrants? Those are typically administrative warrants brought forth by parole boards, and those seem to get honored.

Police often honor detainers issued for AWOL military members, which aren’t judicial, but are issued under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

It’s all a part of the misinformation campaign spread by sanctuary cities, leading people to believe that they focus on judicial warrants in any and all cases of alleged criminality, but not administrative ones.

That is a blatant lie.

As of February of 2020, there are 10 sanctuary states, roughly 133 sanctuary counties, and 37 sanctuary cities or towns.

Sanctuary cities don’t have the best interests of their lawful citizens in mind at all. They pose nothing but a bastion of increased criminal conduct, and a safe haven for those who are unlawfully residing in the country.

Speaking of the dangers of illegal immigrants in our country, we recently reported on one being apprehended in Georgia. What he’s accused of will make your skin crawl. 

The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Augusta, Georgia recently arrested an illegal alien and is in the process of having him extradited back over to Etowah County in Alabama to face charges related to sexually assaulting his step-child.

Jose Bulmaro Cruz-Guillen was arrested on February 18th after having gone on the run when he was indicted in September of 2019 for sex abuse of a child less than twelve, rape in the first degree, and sodomy in the first degree.

In January of 2019, both the Gadsden Police Department and the Department of Human Resources were investigating Cruz-Guillen after his step-daughter confided to a teacher that he’d been molesting her since she was seven-years-old.

This wasn’t the first time that the DHR had looked into Cruz-Guillen.  The department had investigated allegations of him punching his four-year old step-son in the face and body multiple times in 2014.

Reports also detail that Cruz-Guillen was arrested twice last year by immigration authorities for illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border. Cruz-Guillen is now in custody facing the additional federal charges in concurrence with those relative to the September, 2019 indictment.

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