Illegal Alien Supporters Are Aghast At ICE Arresting Illegals At Courthouses

There’s apparently some sort of impropriety over detaining people who are unlawfully present in the country in courthouses

ICE agents make arrests at courthouses, sparking backlash from prosecutors and attorneys

Octavio Chaidez was walking out of a Pasadena courtroom with a client last month when four men jumped up from a hallway bench and rushed toward them.

The men asked his client’s name. Then they pulled out badges.

“They say, ‘You’re Mr. So and So?’ and he says, ‘Yes,’ ” Chaidez said. “They show him a badge, and they say, ‘We’re from Immigration and Customs,’ and they took him in.”

Chaidez, who has worked as a defense attorney in Los Angeles County for nearly 15 years, said he had never seen federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents make an arrest inside the confines of a courthouse.

But in the past few weeks, attorneys and prosecutors in California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado have all reported teams of ICE agents — some in uniform, some not — sweeping into courtrooms or lurking outside court complexes, waiting to arrest immigrants who are in the country illegally.

ICE officials have defended the tactic, saying they make arrests in courthouses only when all other options have been exhausted. But activists, attorneys and prosecutors fear ICE’s increased presence in courthouses could deter other immigrants without legal status from appearing in court to testify as witnesses or answer warrants, which ultimately could endanger prosecutions.

Blah blah blah. It says it in the article: they’re in the country illegally, and this is a last resort. Wouldn’t be an issue if they weren’t here unlawfully.

What’s barely mentioned in this article, and barely or not mentioned in so many that mimic the LA Times one above, is that Mr. Chaidez’s client was a “previously deported Mexican national with a prior felony conviction for drug trafficking”. Coming back into the U.S. after being deported is also a federal felony. Why are we concerned about a criminal like this being made scared?

San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon called ICE’s forays into courthouses “very shortsighted” because some immigrants here illegally will simply avoid court for fear of being arrested.

“The chilling impact that has on an entire community is devastating,” he said.

Well, perhaps they’ll be so afraid that they will leave the country they shouldn’t be unlawfully present in in the first place.

ICE’s recent action in courthouses has been, in part, driven by an increase in the number of local law enforcement agencies that refuse to comply with ICE requests to detain suspects in county jails, she said.

“In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers,” Kice said “Now that many law enforcement agencies no longer honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat.”

Cooperate with federal law enforcement, and this won’t be an issue. Furthermore, getting them in courthouses means that the illegal alien in question will have to have gone through metal detectors and screenings, so they are less likely to have weapons on them.

Suspects have to pass through metal detectors before entering courthouses, meaning they are unlikely to be armed. In recent months, ICE has arrested several suspects in courthouses in Portland, Ore., and Southern California who had prior convictions for sex crimes, drug trafficking and drunken driving, she said. The suspect who was arrested in the Pasadena courthouse last month was a Mexican national with a prior drug conviction, according to Kice.

See? Barely mentioned. Makes it seem like he was busted for something low level, instead of trafficking. And, again, why are we worried about the feelings of people convicted of sex crimes and such? Get them out of the country.

As an LA Times op-ed by Henry Olsen notes, are these really the type of people the Democrats want to defend? Because they’ll have a hard time winning elections if they want to defend criminals.

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10 Responses to “Illegal Alien Supporters Are Aghast At ICE Arresting Illegals At Courthouses”

  1. Bigfoot says:

    It seems that every once in a while, I read about an illegal alien who gets drunk, drives a car, and runs into someone. I don’t know if Mr. Chaidez’s client likes to drink and drive, but this ICE policy is probably going to keep some Americans alive, although we’ll never know precisely whom.

    I know of one case in which an illegal alien lost control of his car and killed a legal immigrant. Alcohol does not appear to be involved, but the driver had no license. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to read that he was an illegal immigrant.

  2. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    This is only one of thousands, Bigfoot:

    Illegal Immigrant Crashes Bus Full of Louisiana Flood Volunteers, Kills Two

    August 29, 2016

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    A bus chartered to transport volunteers helping out Louisiana flood victims crashed into a fire truck and left two people dead. The bus was driven by 37-year-old immigrant Denis Amaya Rodriguez, who was in the United States illegally and was not licensed to drive the bus, according to police.


    The bus crashed on Interstate 10 in LaPlace and stuck a fire truck that was stopped and attending to an accident, knocking three firefighters over a guardrail and killing Spencer Chauvin, the district fire chief of the St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Fire Services.

    Below, district fire chief Spencer Chauvin.


    Image from Acadian Ambulance Service.


    The New York Daily News reports, “The out-of-control bus blasted through, crashing into the fire engine that was blocking the roadway, swerving across traffic, smashing a Camry before hitting Chauvin and two firefighters over the side of a guardrail into the water about 30 to 40 feet below.”

  3. Jeffery says:

    Most murders in America are committed by white men.

    Most fatal automobile accidents in America are caused by white people.

    White women abort most fetuses in the US.

    Most serial killers are white men.

    Most child molesters are white men.

    Seems like we have a white person, mostly male, problem in the US.

    • Dana says:

      I’ve asked this of Jeffrey before, though he chose not to respond. If illegal immigrants commit more than 0% but fewer than 100% of all crimes, at what threshold of crime percentage do you believe that their already criminal status becomes important? If illegal immigrants committed all other crimes, would you believe that they should be rounded up and deported? And if the answer is yes, then at what diminishing percentage should such deportations cease? Surely you have some idea.

      You believe that we should deny Americans’ Second Amendment rights to convicted felons, something constitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, so clearly you have no problem with legal restrictions on those who have committed crimes. (Of course, you appear to want to restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights even to those who have not committed crimes, so there’s that as well.) Why, then, would you believe that we cannot remove the illegal immigrants, who by definition have committed a crime, in coming here illegally?

      Kate Steinle could not be reached for comment.

    • drowningpuppies says:

      By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone’s argument, it’s much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.

      Fine example of the strawman fallacy, little guy.

  4. Jl says:

    Bullshit, J. Blacks committ about 53% of all homicides while only being 13%’of the population. As far as the others, I’m shocked that just because whites are a majority of the population they’d lead in those other categories. Strange

  5. Jeffery says:

    Good x-tians being attacked by government for practicing their x-tian values:

    With a routine course of antibiotics, 2-year-old Ella Foster would have almost certainly beaten the pneumonia that took her life in November. But her parents refused medical care, and she succumbed shortly after

    “almost certainly”… see the weasel words? Where’s the proof that God wouldn’t have killed the little girl even with modern medicine? The omniscient, omnipotent God probably knew the little girl was defective inside and took her. This is just another attack on the x-tian faith by government, another example of our loss of liberty, and government overreach.

    Get government out of healthcare! Trying to force a little girl to take antibiotics when her family and her God objected. Horrible.

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