As Diogenes Pinzon was leaving Kings County Criminal Court in Brooklyn last week the illegal alien from Panama was taken into custody by plain-clothed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The arrest triggered public defenders to walk out of court and protesters to chant “ICE must go” with picket signs in hand.
What made the protests remarkable was not that they were anti-ICE, but that the amnesty advocates were marching in support of an individual who had been arrested 15 times since 2005 with the latest being charges of domestic violence and attempted robbery, according to the New York Daily News.
Within the hour, the news of Pinzon’s detention spread like wildfire sparking inflamed rhetoric from legal aid groups and politicians alike.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) tweeted that she found it “extremely concerning to hear that ICE agents targeted an undocumented immigrant just outside Brooklyn Criminal Court this morning. Such actions by ICE have no place in our City.”
Rebecca J. Kavanagh, an attorney with Legal Aid NYC, used Twitter to advise other illegals to contact their lawyers if they had appearance scheduled at the courthouse.
This would not be the first occasion when the pro-amnesty radicals chose to side with domestic abusers over law enforcement.
Last November, Genaro Rojas-Hernandez was detained shortly after the 30-year-old illegal alien from Mexico appeared in court on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault.
Earlier this year, students at Austin High School walked out of their classrooms and onto the streets of Houston in defense of 19-year-old Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, who came to the attention of local authorities when he reportedly assaulted a female student sending her to the hospital.
Blinded by their own dislike and anger, the radical Left cannot see that their opposition to jurisdictions cooperating with federal authorities is partly for ICE resorting to arresting illegal criminals in public spaces.
For example, in the sanctuary city of New York, there were 1,526 immigration detainer requests made by ICE in President Trump’s first year in office and the NYPD honored none of them.
It would appear that domestic violence is only a serious matter if the abuser is born in the U.S.