LOS ANGELES, CA- “Here in Los Angeles, our police department does not coordinate with ICE or participate in immigration enforcement,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
That’s nice. But the department doesn’t have to participate. President Trump has announced that he’ll deploy law enforcement tactical units from the border into sanctuary cities around the nation.
Including Los Angeles.
And that apparently triggered the sheriff.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a statement announcing that he “strongly opposes” this move. He said:
“We cannot allow the federal government to weaponize our immigration system for partisan politics. This poorly thought out plan can only be seen as a tactic to intimidate an already vulnerable population and drive them deeper into the shadows.”
No, Sheriff. It is a tactic to get criminals out of our country. To drive them deeper into their own countries. To keep our population safe from their crimes.
Please refer to my statement below regarding the deployment of Border Patrol Tactical Units to so called sanctuary cities. I strongly oppose this irresponsible deployment of federal SWAT agents in @CountyofLA for civil immigration enforcement.https://t.co/4p4WQdgJme pic.twitter.com/z2SW8iGqTw
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) February 14, 2020
The Sheriff continued:
“As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am responsible for everyone’s public safety regardless of immigration status. We are not any safer if an entire segment of our population is afraid to report crimes to local law enforcement.”
What about the entire segment of the legal population that is in your county? Those who are not committing crimes and getting away with it because you’d rather protect an illegal alien than a law-abiding victim who is also a legal citizen?
Are you responsible for their public safety? For justice for the victimized?
Speaking of justice for the victimized, we’ll let this video speak for itself. Suffice it to say it’s not the first time the sheriff has arguably betrayed his own people.
According to The New York Times, a spokesman for Customs and Border Patrol confirmed that 100 agents will be sent to several sanctuary cities to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agents will be sent “in order to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, protect public safety, and strengthen our national security.”
Lawmakers and administration of sanctuary cities spit in the face of public safety and national security.
Like Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, who tweeted:
“The @Houstonpolice focuses its efforts on going after crooks, not cooks. We give zero sanctuary for people committing violent or property crimes. We hope our Federal partners continue to focus on going after bad actors, not on political theater.”
Art, they are breaking the law by being here illegally. My family is from Venezuela, they waited and came here legally. Why can others cut in line and not be vetted? Look at how much taxpayers spend on illegals.We could house,feed every homeless person and all can have healthcare pic.twitter.com/6E80LFvxyg
— Shurrie Pennington (@ShurrieP) February 15, 2020
I have a feeling that local law enforcement will likely disagree with his “zero sanctuary” statement.
Federal authorities try to go after “bad actors,” but the idiocy of sanctuary municipalities make it rather difficult, don’t you think?
When an offender commits a crime and goes to jail, ICE attempts to take custody of said offender and determine whether they should be deported.
That’s hard to do when social justice warriors who call themselves leaders in big cities usher them out of the jails and into hiding before ICE can even say “illegal alien.”
Then over in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the move is “fear mongering” and “xenophobia.”
“We will not be bullied, period,” she said. “Especially by a bully like President Trump, who trades in hatred and scare tactics. We are a welcoming city, and proud of it, and no amount of vitriol will make us think otherwise.”
I mean, can you be a “welcoming city” while also keeping legal citizens safe?
Apparently not, because back in LA, Mayor Garcetti posted in his tweet a link to illegal immigrants’ “Constitutional rights.”
The link leads to a printable card (called a red card) for them to learn how to use their “rights” to get out of talking to a federal law enforcement officer.
Yes. There is a card in circulation that they give to illegal aliens who are in our country illegally and tell them that they have rights under the United States Constitution, specifically under the 4th and 5th Amendments.
First the card tells them what to do, or not do, if they come in contact with an immigration agent:
“Do not answer the door,” “Do not answer any questions,” “Do not sign anything,” “Leave calmly,” and, “Hand this card to the agent” by “show[ing] it through a window or slid[ing] it under the door.”
Then the illegal alien tells the agent, through the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s printed words, to screw off so they can continue breaking our country’s laws.
Regardless of your immigration status, I want every Angeleno to know your city is on your side. Here in Los Angeles, our police department does not coordinate with ICE or participate in immigration enforcement.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) February 15, 2020
The card reads:
“I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions, or sign or hand you any documents based on my 5th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.
“I do not give you permission to enter my home based on my 4th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution unless you have a warrant to enter, signed by a judge or magistrate with my name on it that you slide under the door.
“I do not give you permission to search any of my belongings based on my 4th Amendment rights.
“I choose to exercise my constitutional rights.”
Constitutional rights? The United States Constitution is for United States Citizens, so under what authority this “expert” organization grants those rights to illegal aliens is unclear.
It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks what happens when an illegal alien hands a “red card” to a Border Protection SWAT team member.
Because they choose to protect legal citizens’ constitutional rights.
You know, with all of that in mind, we’d like to show you what a REAL Sheriff looks like. Pay close attention, Alex. You might just learn a thing or two.
Arizona – Law Enforcement Today got a chance to speak with an Arizona sheriff that spends his days making sure that his department protects, defends and serves the people of his county instead of bowing down to political pressures.
Sheriff Mark Dannels sat down with LET to share a few things about enforcing the law in Cochise County, Arizona. But first, here is some background on him, as detailed on his biography page on the county website.
In November 2012 and again in 2016, he was elected by the citizens of Cochise County to serve as the 26th Cochise County Sheriff since 1881.
“I continue to be Humbled, Honored and Dedicated to my oath of office for this incredible opportunity to serve you all with my personal commitment to sustain your Quality of Life as you would expect and your Freedoms and Liberties as scribed in the United States and Arizona Constitutions,” he says.
Sheriff Dannels is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aspen University and is a Certified Public Manager through Arizona State University. He has over 3000 hours of law enforcement training in his portfolio. He attended Disney’s Leadership and Executive Training programs and is a graduate of the Rural Executive Management Institute.
He began his law enforcement career in 1984 after serving a successful tour in the United States Army. He progressed through the ranks with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to the position of Deputy Commander after working numerous specialty assignments and leadership roles to include an appointment by the Arizona Governor for his dedicated efforts directed toward highway and community safety.
The sheriff is a long-time member of the Fraternal Order of Police, was appointed member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and is a current member of the National Sheriffs Association where he serves as the Border Security Chairman, just to name a few of the law enforcement groups he is associated with.
He also serves with several community service groups; teaches at Wayland Baptist University and Cochise College, and participates in many community outreach programs.
Sheriff Dannels has received numerous recognitions and awards, among them the Medal of Valor, Western States Sheriff of the Year, the Sheriff’s Medal and induction into the National Police Hall of Fame.
He is married to Nickie, a Registered Nurse. They have three sons, Justin, a Police Officer/Corporal with the City of Sierra Vista, Ryan a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Sierra Vista, and Corey, an Apprentice Lineman with the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative.
Sheriff Dannels has 3 primary objectives: Organizational Development, Border Security and Community Outreach.
LET: Can you tell us who you are and a little about your county and department?
My name is Mark Dannels. I am the sheriff here in Cochise County, Arizona, which is located in the southeast corner of the state. We go all the way up to New Mexico, 83 miles of international border. And what makes us unique is the fact that we’re the 38th largest landmass County in the country, just under 6,300 square miles. And as far as I know, we’re the only County named after a tribal chief, but we have no tribal lands here. After growing up in Northern Illinois in a rural farming community, I came here with the military, Fort Huachuca is here in Cochise County, so I got stationed here in 1984 and have been policing the county ever since I left the Army.
We have a little over 220 full time employees. I [also] have a hundred- member volunteer corps. They help us patrol, help us with our search and rescue and help us enforce the law. And then I have a little over 90 deputies and three jails in the county, which is about a hundred [plus] employees, about 80 full-time and 40 part-time.
We are no different from any other county in this country. We have our normal crimes from domestic’s to DUIs to burglaries, the normal stuff you see. We have our homicides, few and far between, but we do.
We do face a lot of challenges with the border. 83 miles of a notional border. Just to the south of us is Mexico.
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LET: What kind of challenges does that create?
It brings one element of crime that we deal with all of the time, cartels. [These are] transnational organizations that victimize their countries and they victimize Americans. We see it every day.
90 percent of all the illegal drugs in this country come through the southwest border. Cochise County has been on the frontline of both human snuggling, which I call modern -day slavery, and drug smuggling.
Sheriff Deaver, whom I took over for, fought the war on border security, the war on drugs for many years. He passed away in 2012, and I can tell you he was frustrated with this fight and watching Congress bungle it for years.
They had never made the decision to secure this border. And the attempts that they were making were futile in nature.
We had a rancher killed here and we’ve had break-ins. It’s changed the culture of Cochise County.
LET: So, the government has not helped, historically?
Two things have led to these issues.
One, failure of Congress to act; and two, the government’s border plan that brought the criminal element into our backyard.
Their border plan was to reroute that criminal activity into the rural parts of the southwest border. Where we are today is a byproduct of that and it has changed who we have been for the last 30 years.
When it comes to border smuggling, we have always had it, but not to the magnitude of what the federal government gave us.
LET: What have you been doing to impact change?
In 2015, after a couple of issues, we said, “enough is enough.”
We stood up a virtual system and we set up border teams. We put up a financial crimes team, a ranch advisory team, you name it. [With] all of this new communications equipment, we can communicate all over the county. We went after the cartels and we have a 100 percent conviction rate in this county.
We did a pilot program for about six months on a ranch area which is about 15 miles long, right on the border. In the first six months we arrested 37 known smugglers that had been working this area for years, bringing human smuggling and the majority of illicit drugs into our country.
We captured them through our virtual systems and our border teams. And they are all in prison right now.
So, we then took it countywide and then beyond the county. Now we are in counties on the east side and beyond. We are pushing into New Mexico and further west. It has been successful over the past two years. We have not had a significant drug load in this county.
I look at ours as the toll county. You can come through this county, but the odds of getting caught, both with what the federal government’s current operations are and with our operations, and they’re collective and complimentary in nature, there’s a good chance that we are going to catch you.
So now, they are going around us.
LET: So, problem solved?
It doesn’t solve America’s issue. We need to work together on all 31 border counties and our interior counties working together. It has been an objective that the sheriffs have stepped up in this country, respectively. All the leaders, all the organizations from our federal agencies, state agencies, local agencies, the Sheriff’s office, our governor. We have worked very, very well together. But I’ll tell you, we have a President (Trump) who has been very good to law enforcement in this country.
It has helped us with the message that we are all trying to solidify a secure border, which is about public safety, community safety, national security and the humanitarian efforts in this country. We all need to stand together on that, we truly do.
When a border is not secure, you are going to have enhanced and increased humanitarian issues. We have seen that in my county, Pima County, the county next to us, we run over a hundred John and Jane Doe deaths every year.
We mark them and take them down to the morgue and that is where they sit. That’s humanitarian. These people suffered on the border because there is that opportunity for the cartels to say, “we’re going to get you across there.”
The sexual abuse, the gangs, you name it, it has touched our county. But I am telling you, this is the best our county has been in over three decades.
LET: Aside from the arrests, how do you gauge your operations as being a success?
The report card on that is our ranchers and our citizens saying, “Sheriff, thank you.”
And I say thank you to my men and women who do it every day. That is where the credit goes.
LET: It sounds like you have built a solid department.
Well, the key to having a large county with responses is having the right person wearing that uniform. We have looked at our retention and recruitment, and we have to do a better job of getting that right person in this uniform. That one that is going to go out there and has to have that balance when they are addressing somebody, a smuggler in the desert, an armed bandit or a citizen that is addressing us in a challenging or deadly way. We need to have the right person behind this uniform. And we have done that.
LET: So, seeing the type of crimes you do in such a large area, what does that do to impact officer safety?
Officer safety is my number one concern. In a county this big, where my deputies know that it might be an hour before we get back-up to them. We have a helicopter that was bought for us through a private grant and uh, that helps us. But either way, I’m so proud of the men and women that make it happen every day. And they’re very good at what they do. They’ve done something I think is special. They’ve earned the trust of this community and that’s what makes us do things in this County that are successful.
LET: What are you doing to equip them to do their jobs?
Well, one thing we’ve done, we have 140 assigned cars to the Sheriff’s office here. That’s my patrol cars and the specialty units, like this one standing behind me here, we have two of these. They are outfitted and strategically placed in the county, because taking this across the county takes three or four hours. So, we have one on the other side too.
If we have to deploy to get to an officer or a rescue, each car has infrared attached to it. If a deputy pulls up to a scene, they’ve got IR that’s working for him or her to see what’s out in front of them for this dark county when it nighttime.
LET: Is the crime worse at night?
Crime is balanced. They smuggle during the day because they can beat my IR, my infrared, and they’re not getting caught compared to night where it is cooler. So, they’re running as much in day as they are at night.
So, with our virtual system, we’re up to 700 cameras [plus] that are deployed. We went with our camera system where the federal government didn’t go. So, that’s where it’s collective, where they have their multi-million-dollar surface systems, we have systems that are into the rivers, into all the washes, and into the mountain areas. And let me tell you, it’s worked.
LET: Do you have any final thoughts on what it will take to bring this fight to a conclusion.
On behalf of sheriffs, on behalf of police chiefs and law enforcement, in local, state and federal roles, we are in this together, we truly are. And our biggest key to success, whether it be in Cochise County, Omaha, Nebraska, or Clinton, Iowa, where I was born; the bottom line is this: we need the public’s support. We truly do.
And I know it’s a two-way street. Law enforcement leadership and law enforcement has to earn that trust. But, let me tell you, it starts by, “nice job,” or “hey, we like what you do, we support what you do.” We can do so much more than having debates and criticism and act like that. And we’ve done well in this county and I know sheriffs throughout the country that I work with are doing the same thing. Police chiefs are doing it.
And law enforcement, I mean, it’s a tough job. We’re dealing some real challenges in this country right now.
There are two models that I use in this office and a lot of sheriffs are sharing this.
We police for people. We don’t police for politics. And lastly, we’re all entitled to an opinion and we want to respect that. But we’re not entitled to our own facts. I think people need to realize that.
Here’s the video we shot with the sheriff. Let’s make sure his words are heard by everyone.
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