In one week, Law Enforcement Today covered a number of murders allegedly committed by illegal immigrants.  Where was the mainstream media?

Instead focused on attacking President Trump.

These are three of the biggest stories that went completely unnoticed… and demonstrate that the agenda isn’t to keep America safe, but rather to control a narrative.

Florida

First… an illegal immigrant living in Florida has apparently been repeatedly arrested and freed from Florida law enforcement custody. Now he’s being accused of killing a 70-year-old husband and father of two in a hit-and-run crash.

He’s been arrested and released a number of times. Why is he still here?

 

With a disturbing trend of vehicle-related deaths that allegedly involve criminal aliens, it’s slowly becoming less of a sporadic mentioning and more of a commonality. It’s as if there’s almost a direct correlation between unlicensed driving by criminal aliens and fatalities on roadways.

Ulises Mondragon Umanzor, who has been accused in the death of James “Jim” Zakos, is a 30-year-old who hails from El Salvador. On November 17, Umanzor was operating a forklift in Fort Lauderdale when he allegedly rolled through a stop sign, causing the forks on the machine to tear the roof off of Zakos’ Mercedes and strike his head.

Zakos died as a result of the head injuries sustained.

There were several reasons why this just shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

When police responded, they found that Umanzor didn’t have a permit to work heavy machinery. He didn’t have any kind of driver’s license. He was lacking anything to substantiate his U.S. citizenship or any papers saying that he belonged in the U.S.

What’s all the worse in the case is that while Zakos was being rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead, Umanzor allegedly fled the crash and eventually got off the forklift and walked away even as an eyewitness told him to return to the traffic accident scene.

Jim Zakos was killed in a crash allegedly caused by an illegal immigrant with a lengthy arrest record.

 

As of now, Umanzor is sitting in Broward County Main Jail on charges of a nonresident failing to obtain a driver’s license when required and failing to remain at an accident involving death.

There’s no detail as to whether there will be any charges related to the death itself as the investigation is still ongoing. He’s also been ticketed for disobeying or avoiding a traffic device. His bond is currently set at $200,000.

Zakos is sorely missed by his family, but also fondly remembered as well. The obituary of the now deceased Zakos had the following to say about the family he leaves behind.

“Jim will be lovingly remembered by his children, whom he adored, Alexandra and TJ, and their mother Celine. He will be sorely missed by his sisters, Maria and Margaret, his best canine pal Dakota and by many close cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Catherine (nee Sakell). Jim lived life fully on his own terms. Many will smile when they hear his name.”

According to records revolving around the accused in the case, Umanzor was arrested in September 2011 in Palm Beach County for driving without a license and driving with an open container of alcohol.

Despite being illegally present in the U.S., he was released and re-arrested in February 2012 for again driving without a license. You’d figure after multiple arrests, someone would have the courtesy to contact ICE.

Well, think again.

FL Court: Cities must cooperate with ICE or elected officials will be removed from office

FL Court: Cities must cooperate with ICE or elected officials will be removed from office (Screenshot: YouTube)

 

After again being released from custody, Umanzor was arrested in November 2012 for possession of cocaine. The he was released yet again from custody and arrested in September 2016 and May 2018 for driving without a license.

From all his arrests, Umanzor has more than $1,000 in outstanding debts to the state of Florida. With literally multiple opportunities to allow our immigration laws to work, the favor of political correctness has taken another life. Our prayers go out to Zakos’ family in this hard time.

North Carolina

Durham County, North Carolina, is a so-called “sanctuary county”, another word for a safe haven for law breaking illegal aliens to take up residence.

In this case it was Jose Bryan Guzman from El Salvador, accused of murdering 19-year-old Marlene Yamileth Portillo-Posada on August 24.  Police say Portillo-Posada was strangled to death because Guzman believed she was cheating on him.

Guzman left North Carolina and went to Louisiana in September, where investigators from the Durham Police Department and St. Landry’s Parish Sheriff’s office were able to find and arrest him.

According to law enforcement sources, Guzman is an illegal immigrant who came to the US in September, 2015, most likely under the “DREAM Act”. The DREAM Act of course was designed to allow “children” of illegal aliens to remain in the US, and is a current point of contention with the Trump Administration. More on that later.

Guzman arrived as an Unaccompanied Alien Child and was released into the interior of the country. Guzman remains in deportation proceedings.

Prior to this latest arrest, Guzman was arrested in December of last year by the Durham Police Department for robbing two victims at gunpoint in separate incidents. Ironically that same month, Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead announced that he was breaking off all cooperation with ICE, thus turning the region into a sanctuary jurisdiction.

ICE requested that Durham County hold Guzman until he could be turned over to them for the purposes of deportation.

Amazingly, Durham County ignored that request and RELEASED him in March, a mere six months before he allegedly slaughtered his girlfriend. ICE has confirmed that they “will again seek to take custody” of Guzman “should he be released from local custody for any reason.”

North Carolina, which used to be considered a “red” state, has moved increasingly into the “purple” range in the past several years, as more residents of the liberal northeast have moved to the state. The jury is still out on whether North Carolina is indeed moving left.

This case is another in a line of incidents where North Carolina sanctuary counties released hundreds of criminal illegal aliens into the general public rather than turning them over to immigration authorities for arrest and deportation.

According to Breitbart, in FY 2019, North Carolina sanctuary jurisdictions freed 563 illegal aliens who should have been turned over to ICE.

Over 88 percent of those freed have been convicted of crimes, including 28 for assault, 192 for traffic violations, 84 for drunk driving, 46 possession of drugs and 35 for larceny.

Of course, this case in North Carolina is a microcosm of the overall problem with illegal aliens committing criminal offenses.

In 2015, Kate Steinle was shot and killed by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times, however due to California’s “sanctuary state” policy, he was not turned over to ICE.

Lopez-Sanchez was amazingly acquitted of first and second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He was only convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a charge with was dismissed by a San Francisco appeals court.

This particular case gained nationwide attention, and inspired a bill called “Kate’s Law”, which would enhance penalties for convicted and deported criminals who reenter the country illegally. The bill was initially introduced in 2015, but failed to pass the Senate.  As of today, the bill has still not passed the US Senate.

According to the Heritage Foundation, non-citizens account for only about 7 percent of the U.S. population, however non-citizens account for nearly two-thirds (64%) of all federal arrests last year. Heritage continues that 20 years earlier, only 37 percent of all federal arrests were among non-citizens.

But it isn’t only federal crimes that non-citizens are committing. Between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2019, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that nearly 300,000 non-citizens had been booked into local Texas jails. These are state crimes, not immigration violations. Out of that number two-thirds were later confirmed as illegal aliens.

Someone who receives particular criticism from the Heritage Foundation is North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Earlier this year, Cooper vetoed a bill that would require cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

Ironically and unbelievably this occurred just a few short days after ICE captured an illegal alien charged with first-degree rape and indecent liberties against a child.

Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo, an illegal Honduran national, was arrested on June 14 of this year on charges of first degree rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. ICE issued a detainer the following day, but newly elected Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden ended the cooperation program following his election.

The suspect in that case was released from custody by county officials even though ICE held a detainer warrant for him. Fortunately, he was captured during a targeted enforcement operation on August 9 and remains in ICE custody.

What these politicians have shown in embracing these sanctuary policies is that they put political expediency and political correctness ahead of the safety of their constituents.  

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Colorado

This past week, ICE officials blasted a new Colorado law that prevents local jails from keeping people in custody for ICE past their scheduled release dates. The case that has ICE officials so upset involved that of a Cuban immigrant who stands accused of attempted murder after being released from the Arapahoe County Jail last month.

However, officials from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office dispute the claim, stating that their policy has not changed since 2014, and that they notified ICE three hours before the suspect, 37-year-old Osmani Garces-Ortiz was released on bond.

Garces-Ortiz is in the United States illegally, and due to his criminal history, had his bid for permanent residency denied, according to ICE’s field office in Denver. He is now facing charges related to an incident where he tried to kill someone while out on bond.

According to ICE officials, Garces-Ortiz was able to commit the additional crime due to Colorado House Bill 1124, the so-called “sanctuary law” that prohibits police and sheriff’s departments from complying with ICE detainer requests.

ICE had submitted a detainer request on October 25 requesting that Garces-Ortiz be held pending whether ICE would commit him to an immigration detention center.

ICE spokeswoman Alethea Mock stated in a news release issued this past Wednesday that:

“ICE wants to make it abundantly clear; Arapahoe County was not required to notify ICE regarding Garces’ release under the newly enacted law.”

However, according to Detention Services Bureau Chief Vince Line of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, they did notify ice at 3:27 p.m. on the date Garces-Ortiz was to be released. He was released from custody three hours later.

When informed about the claim from the sheriff’s office, Smock said that they did notify them of Garces-Ortiz’s detention but not his release time.

The practice of ICE detainers has been somewhat controversial in Colorado and many people say that application of the practice across the state has been inconsistent.

Opponents believe the practice is unconstitutional because they claim there is no probable cause to do so. Some courts have agreed and overturned cases. ICE officials say that cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement is “critical to public safety and essential to the agency’s mission.”

In September, the acting field director for ICE said that 42 illegal aliens in Colorado and Wyoming had recently been arrested by his officers. John Fabbricatore said that some had criminal records, were facing criminal charges, or were facing final deportation orders.

ICE requests to have criminal, illegal aliens detained in jail were declined by so-called “sanctuary cities” such as Denver and Boulder He claimed that dangerous people were allowed back on the street, and it also makes it difficult for ICE to enforce immigration laws.

Fabbricatore said that he doesn’t expect local police to enforce immigration laws, but that getting some assistance in detaining criminal aliens would help until ICE can process them.

This past May, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1124, which took effect immediately upon signing. ICE detainers or holds are requests by federal law enforcement to detain immigrants for up to 48 hours beyond their release date if ICE believes they’re undocumented. The extra time is to give ICE agents time to decide whether the individual should be removed from the country. 

In addition to prohibiting cooperation from police and sheriff officials, HB1124 also prohibits probation officers from providing a person’s information to federal immigration officials, and requires Colorado police to advise immigrants of their Miranda rights when coordinating a telephone or video interview with ICE.

The law does still allow police to assist federal immigration officials when executing a warrant from a judge. Since ICE detainers are voluntary requests and are not signed by a judge, they are exempt from this allowance.

The law was passed in the Colorado Senate by a 19-16 vote along party lines. It passed in the Colorado house by a vote of 36-28, with four Democrats and all House Republicans voting in opposition.

Other laws passed that kowtow to immigration activists include SB30, which allows aliens to dismiss their guilty pleas if they were not told prior to pleading that a guilty verdict would harm their immigration status. The new law doesn’t require judges to dismiss guilty pleas, only to consider the defendants’ arguments.

HB1992 requires all Colorado public schools to teach the “history, culture and social contributions of Latinos and other racial minorities,” along with LGBT people and religious minorities. Oh yes, passing such a course is now a condition for high school graduation.

According to the Denver Post, Garces-Ortiz was arrested on Nov. 21 on suspicion of attempted murder, first-degree assault with serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary, felony menacing, violation of bail bond conditions, and a violent crime involving the use of a weapon, according to Colorado court records.

Aurora police declined to comment on the case, saying it has already been forwarded to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. A request by the Post for information relative to the case had not yet been received.

In September, Garces-Ortiz was arrested for numerous charges, including suspicion of felony trespassing, violation of bail bond conditions, felony possession of a controlled substance, and violation of a protection order. He was released in October.

He also has numerous prior convictions in Colorado for misdemeanor driving while under restraint, possession of a controlled substance, and harassment, according to court records.

Garces-Ortiz entered the United States illegally in 2008 via Key West, FL. He was granted an immigration waiver and released. The waiver expired in 2012. He applied for permanent residency; however, it was denied in August 2015. The immigration system in the United States is working well.

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