RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS- Elites and ill-informed young activists will swear to you that everyone crossing into the country from the southern border IS simply good people seeking a better life.
Well, a couple of apprehensions just in December within Texas show the very opposite; revealing that two individuals who had previous convictions within the United States involving sexual acts with children were trying to make their way back into the country.
Not only did they enter into the same exact state, on the same month, and carried very similar criminal histories; they also happened to be from the same exact Central American country.
Entries without inspection have been keeping agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector very busy, as on December 25th, U.S. Border Patrol agents had apprehended a previously deported child sex offender after he illegally crossed from Mexico.
What’s all the more troubling is that the arrest of the individual took place near a school zone in the same county of his previous conviction.
According to Rio Grande Valley Sector officials, the apprehension came into play after Brownsville Station Border Patrol agents observed an illegal immigrant jumping a fence near a Texas school.
When the agents made contact with the individual, they took him into custody and brought him over to the station for standard processing and background information review.
While agents were processing this individual, they discovered that the suspect was indeed an illegal immigrant named Bienvenido Alberto Bonilla-Ponce.
The Honduran national’s criminal history revealed some disturbing aspects of his past, unveiling a conviction in Cameron County, Texas, for indecency with a child.
Keep in mind, this was the very county where the agents had just apprehended Bonilla-Ponce.
When Bonilla-Ponce was originally convicted of the aforementioned crime, he was sentenced to five years in state prison, according to officials.
Based upon the recent developments with his reentry into the country, Bonilla-Ponce is now facing federal felony charges for aggravated re-entry after removal as a previously convicted sex offender; if convicted, that could land the man in prison for 20 years.
Of course, the capture by Border Patrol agents relating to people unlawfully within the country having previous criminal convictions within the states related to sex charges involving minors is nothing new, sadly.
This was the second publicized individual within the month of December to come from Honduras and enter the state of Texas while toting previous convictions involving sexual acts with minors.
On December 19th, just six days prior to the apprehension of Bonilla-Ponce, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents who were posted at the Falfurrias Station when they received a call for assistance from the Premont, Texas, Police Department.
According to officials, one of the police officers from the department had conducted a traffic on what he thought might be a human smuggling vehicle.
Once the border patrol agents had arrived on the scene, they began initiating standard immigration interviews with the eight people within the vehicle that were allegedly being smuggled by the driver.
After conducting the interviews, agents determined that the eight passengers were indeed illegally within the country. When the agents transported the migrants over to the Falfurrias Border Patrol station, they ran background checks on all eight of the individuals.
One of the eight people apprehended was identified as a previously deported Honduran national with a history of sexual offenses with a minor.
Rio Grande Valley Sector officials reported that the man arrested held a previous conviction from New York relating to sexual abuse of a minor. Since we’re talking about New York, it shouldn’t surprise you that this Honduran man was only sentenced to 364 days in jail for the conviction of an act in a manner to injure a child under the age of 17, from what court records detailed.
It’s these very kinds of apprehensions that showcase the immense value of our Border Patrol Agents and border security. Had we not caught these men before they made their way deeper into the country, we may have very well had more innocent children harmed by these predators.
In the meantime in North Charleston, South Carolina, yet another incident of an illegal immigrant committing a violent crime against an American citizen.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lodged an immigration detainer Tuesday against an unlawfully present Mexican man arrested in North Charleston earlier this month for sexual abuse of a child.
Carlos Bartolo-Rios was arrested December 19 by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, of which ICE and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office are members, after executing a state criminal warrant at Bartolo-Rios’s North Charleston residence for first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
According to an affidavit, the child told her school counselor in October that she had been assaulted by Rios and later disclosed graphic information about the assault in a forensic interview with the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center.
The child also told investigators that Rios would show her “nasty sex videos” and told her not to tell anyone about the incidents.
Mr. Bartolo-Rios is currently being held by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office while awaiting trial for the state criminal charges he faces.
ICE has lodged an immigration detainer against Mr. Bartolo-Rios and will seek to take him into immigration custody for removal proceedings at whatever point he may be released from criminal custody for the crimes he faces in South Carolina.
“This case is an excellent example of ICE’s ongoing focus to prioritize its immigration enforcement efforts toward unlawfully present foreign nationals who pose a clear threat to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris.
He’s the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Atlanta Acting Field Office Director.
“Despite attempts by some to confuse the public, ICE does not conduct any type of random or indiscriminate enforcement and the agency’s targeted enforcement efforts make communities safer for all persons whatever their immigration status may be.”
According to ICE, in fiscal year 2019, more than 90 percent of all persons arrested by ICE within the Atlanta field office, which includes Georgia and the Carolinas, either had a criminal conviction, a pending criminal charge, or were already subject to a removal order issued by a federal immigration judge.
ICE is focused on the arrest and removal of public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.
Luckily, this hardly ever happens…or at least, that is what Democrats would want us to believe.
The reality: this is way too common of an occurrence.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again…and again…and again…and again…and again…unless you’re trying to boot an illegal immigrant.
Once again, we are hearing a horror story about someone who should not even be in the United States killing an American citizen.
Annette Conquering Bear, a grandmother of five, was walking home from Walgreens in Denver, Colorado.
Juan Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who had been deported SIX times over the last decade hit the woman with a car, then left the scene of the accident.
This scum was deported from the U.S. twice in 2002, three times in 2008 and again in 2012. “Somehow”, he made it across the porous southern border of the United States and got back into the country a seventh time.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told KUSA-TV in a written statement that Sanchez “is an ICE enforcement priority” having had multiple previous removals.
According to KUSA, ICE has asked the Denver Sheriff Department to hold Sanchez should he somehow be able to post his $500,000 bond.
“The immigration detainer requests that ICE be given timely and specific notification before [Sanchez] is released from local custody for any reason,” ICE said in a statement.
Just four days before Sanchez mowed down Conquering Bear, he was actually in law enforcement custody for DUI, but was released because ICE didn’t have enough time to lodge a detainer against him so he could be turned over.
Colorado of course is a sanctuary state, which protects illegal aliens, including those who commit actual crimes, from being turned over to ICE.
At the time of his arrest, Sanchez was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.183, or over twice the legal limit. Police said Sanchez admitted having had “two beers” before getting into his car and driving with an “International driver’s license.” Two beers…is that in the official drunk driver’s handbook?
At the time Sanchez was taken into custody for the DUI, he became uncooperative and even told officers:
“I’ll fight my way out of jail.”
Sanchez also “refused to sit down on the booking bench,” according to the police report and at one point he “began laying down on the floor [of a jail cell] refusing to listen to any orders,” according to a police report.
He was rewarded by being released.
The victim, Conquering Bear, was a mother of six, and she died just before she was to turn 52.
How can Democrats continue to justify things such as this? Using a false equivalency that Americans also commit crimes is ludicrous. How many more American citizens must die at the hands of people who should not even be in the country?
Last month we reported on Colorado’s “sanctuary laws”.
Every day it seems. Every day, we read about an illegal alien who was protected by a sanctuary city, or a sanctuary county, or a sanctuary state, and who is subsequently arrested for a violent crime. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials are getting tired of it.
Last month, 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 in October.
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.
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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.
The Democrats have proven, time and again, that they put the interests of illegal aliens before the interests of the American people. And they wonder why Trump won?
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