ICE-Dodging Aliens Wreak New Havoc



After dodging a federal immigration sweep in Northern California, three illegal aliens from Mexico have been arrested and charged with committing additional crimes.

The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement blamed the Golden State’s sanctuary laws and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s warning that ICE officers were about to conduct a series of raids in the Bay Area late last month.

ICE chief Thomas Homan said Tuesday that three Mexican nationals in this country illegally were among the aliens targeted by the roundup. Just days after evading capture in the raid, Homan said the men went on to commit new criminal offenses. Without identifying them by name, Homan reported:

  • One was arrested for robbery and gun crimes. He had been released back into the community for a prior offense despite an ICE detainer request in November.
  • Another was busted for drunken driving, despite having been deported three times and prior convictions for false imprisonment, DUI and battery of a spouse.
  • A third man was arrested for corporal injury of a spouse. He had been deported twice and criminal convictions including drug possession, hit-and-run, DUIs, possessions of narcotics equipment and a parole violation.

Homan didn’t have to say “we told you so,” but the new offenses were entirely predictable. By opening revolving jailhouse doors for criminal aliens and defying federal immigration laws, sanctuary policies make communities more dangerous.

The Justice Department is suing California over the state’s sanctuary policies and is reviewing Schaaf’s actions for possible prosecution.

Congress must act accordingly. Lawmakers have the authority to withhold federal funding for sanctuary jurisdictions as Congress weighs a $1.3 trillion spending bill this week.

Money going to sanctuaries is the lowest of low-hanging fruit. It should be the first to be cut, root and branch.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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    Until we match our border strength to the threat coming to our borders , We are fighting a VERY losing battle…

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    These illegal aliens who repeatedly commit punishable crimes in the US must be locked-up and treated with proper crime sentencing equally. It will at least do them a favor from coming back and forth in the US teritory and commit less crime for a certain period of years.

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    If only Katy’s Law, first suggested by Bill O’Reilly had been enacted, then these three miscreants would be set for jail for a minimum of five years, just for reentering the U.S. illegally repeatedly.