Thursday, January 25, 2007

Response to ICE Raids in Richmond, CA

Richmond Congregations and Community Groups Demand Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE:  “Tell the Truth”

Community Groups are Outraged by Immigration Authorities Posing as Police and Destroying our Community by Separating Families, Fomenting Fear and Making it Harder to Combat Crime

Contact information:
Cristina H. Espinoza at 925-301-6198; cciscocristina@aol.com  -- CCISCO
Mark Silverman at 415-255-9499 ext.627 (Office); mark@ilrc.org  -- ILRC

What:           PRESS CONFERENCE
When:             FRIDAY, January 26, 2007 at 12:00 pm
Where:            St. Mark's Church, 159 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA

Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization, (CCISCO), a faith-based community organizing group based in Richmond and 12 cities in Contra Costa County, St. Mark’s Church, Marin Trujillo of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Reverend Phil Lawson, Co-President of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) are holding a press conference to expose the deceitful tactics of immigration authorities (Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE) who are posing as police officers in their efforts to target undocumented immigrants in Richmond.  A United States citizen who witnessed this conduct will be at the press conference.

In the past two weeks, ICE authorities have posed as police officers and going door-to-door in neighborhoods searching for people, or standing outside grocery stores and arresting residents who cannot provide documentation of legal residency.  According to ICE out of 119 detainees in Contra Costa County, 94 were “encountered in the process”, meaning they had no deportation orders. 

These practices make it much more difficult for Richmond police to combat crime because they put roadblocks in the way of immigrant communities cooperating with the police. 

“ICE’s fishing expedition in which agents misrepresent themselves as “police” is creating an atmosphere of fear and mistrust in the community that is damaging the efforts of the police and the community to combat crime.  That is why there is opposition nationwide among state and local police to their enforcing civil violations of immigration law. Because of ICE’s misguided actions, immigrants will be afraid to open their doors or talk with persons who represent themselves as police, thereby defeating decades of work in community policing,” stated Mark Silverman, Director of Immigration Policy at the ILRC.

Community leaders are demanding an immediate halt to these door-to-door raids and calling for a full investigation of the actions of ICE officers.  Community leaders are also calling for city officials and public agencies to put pressure on ICE to halt these raids, follow guidelines and stop misrepresenting themselves. Community leaders want to declare Richmond a place of refuge, as is the case in other cities of the Bay Area.

Residents will be available for individual interviews before the press conference for those with earlier deadlines.

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Their efforts are a clear effort to obstruct ICE in the course of its duties. What else can we expect when the plaintiff parties have vested interests in preventing enforcement of what is the existing law of the land. The community leaders are the friends and family members of the affected parties and are thus are not credible in their pleas. They're going to do anything short of fabricating lies to get their way, much as the familiy members of felons do. The argument that law enforcement will be affected by enforcing the law has little credence in my book. Why should the government's interests be subordinated to that of local law enforcement agencies? Eliminate the illegal alien from the community and there will be no illegal aliens to fear the process of reporting crime.

And what kind of people give refuge to people who violate federal law? I'd say they need some civics lessons to say the least. There is no legitimate claim for refuge from crime, and this is well established in the Constitution itself. Those that claim so are acting contrary to the philosophy of the Framers of the Constitution and the Founders themselves. Those that do so are guilty of violating the Code of Federal Regulations which state that one is subject to fine and imprisonment for aiding and abetting illegal aliens. Rule of law must apply over rule of mob or we suffer as nation.

Posted by: Horace | Jan 25, 2007 11:36:24 AM

"There is no legitimate claim for refuge from crime"...............

My earlier post should have read, "Under our legal system, there can be no legitimate claim to refuge (sanctuary) from prosecution of crime..........."
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When people contrive to subvert justice by giving sanctuary, they are denying legitimacy to our Constitution.

Posted by: Horace | Jan 26, 2007 6:09:39 AM

Horace

Unlike you, most of us would rather not live in a police state just to increase the odds of catching minor law violators such as the vast majority of undocumented immigrants. What don't you understand about the Bill of Rights as the highest laws of our land?

I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

You insult and criminalize the motives and rights of a faith based group CCISCO to complain and expose a perceived injustice by our Government.


IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

You cheer the terrorizing of large communities of people without proper due process. The word "people" also includes all immigrants. In fact, who wasn't an immigrant at the founding of the USA.


V. No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

You cheer ICE police who seize people off the street and at the workplace without any due process.

VI. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

You cheer the imprisonment and/or deportation without due process.

VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

You cheer the arbitary imprisonment and/or deportation resulting often in separation of families often without any warning or notification. Actions which sometimes effectively resembles a "disappearance" as occurs in most dictatorships.

X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

You have no respect for State rights as to the best way to police a local community and to not be improperly interfered with by the Federal Government.

In Conclusion, Horace, you seem to understand less about what it is to be an American that most immigrants that I know.

Posted by: Michael E. Kerr | Feb 6, 2007 4:48:01 PM

The "Founding Fathers" probably didn't realize that 13 colonies were going to become a 50 state nation (give or take a few territories).
The original Consitution did not permit permit women, non-free persons i.e., Blacks, or non-property-owning folk to vote.
Our governor illegally worked while he had a non-immigrant visa. Was he an illegal alien?
Most "illegal aliens" are not criminals, even though they may have violated Immigration Laws which are mostly civil.
How about us using our resources to prevent serious crimes or provide health care to people who need it?
Would you kick out or arrest Jesus Christ, Mohatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, or Sister Theresa if they overstayed their visas in the U.S.?
Or instead would you let more Canadians play on our U.S. hockey teams?
Unfortunately, racism and nativism have been a legacy in our U.S. history.

Posted by: Rocky | Feb 15, 2008 1:26:21 PM

Sorry that it took almost two years to respond to this garbage, but I was just googling Barack Hussein Obama's July 15th, 2008 statement about ICE agents 'terrorizing' neighborhoods with their immigration raids.

Back to the absurd notion that ICE Agents are not police, and should not represent themselves as such.

Sounds like the sour grapes whining of those feeling the pinch of increased enforcement of our Nation's immigration LAWS. That's right, "L-A-W-S," not suggestions or advisements, LAWS.

ICE Agents are most certainly 'police' in every sense of the word; saying otherwise is either dishonest grasping at straws or simple ignorance of the law (there I go with that pesky "L" word again).

For those in the latter category, here is what the LAW says ICE Agents may do:

"Special Agent John Smith is authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to perform the duties provided by law and regulation and is empowered to conduct investigations of offenses against the United States; conduct searches without warrant at the border and its functional equivalent; conduct inquiries related to alienage and removability; execute and serve search or arrest warrants; serve subpoenas and summonses; administer oaths; make arrests without warrant; require and receive information relating to offenses and bear firearms."

"Arrests," "bear firearms," "investigating offenses against the United States," (that would be criminal AND civil)...hmmm, sounds pretty law-enforcementish, doesn't it? What about having federal authority to perform these law enforcement activities in all 50 states, as well as flying armed aboard commercial aircraft even while technically off-duty? Sounds more like law enforcement than some civil collection agency...

Unless you read picture books, "police officer," is a very general and broad-coverage term. If you're still confused: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/police

Funny how well-meaning American citizens always want to harbor/defend illegals, until they buy the house across the street from you, setup a marijuana grow house, sell drugs in your neighborhood, get arrested by ICE (who yell "POLICE, SEARCH WARRANT" as they enter the house, by the way), and then have that nice house foreclosed on or seized.

Amazing that people who have no regard for our immigration laws would also break other laws. Or is it really? I suppose it would be amazing, if you are naive and have absolutely zero real-world knowledge of human behavior. Read: a liberal law professor and/or other ivory-tower limousine-liberal academic.

As for the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, I'm a huge fan of the ENTIRE document, not just the few amendments and lines that liberals love to tout, while crapping on many of the others.

In summary, illegals are law-breakers by their very definition, and do not have the same right to live here as US Citizens or those who have waited and applied formally for legal status. Those are the facts; either get over it, get yourself ASAP to a 3rd world nation, or get a helmet.

Class dismissed.

Posted by: betterlatethannever | Nov 6, 2008 5:38:08 AM

Sorry that it took almost two years to respond to this garbage, but I was just googling Barack Hussein Obama's July 15th, 2008 statement about ICE agents 'terrorizing' neighborhoods with their immigration raids.

Back to the absurd notion that ICE Agents are not police, and should not represent themselves as such.

Sounds like the sour grapes whining of those feeling the pinch of increased enforcement of our Nation's immigration LAWS. That's right, "L-A-W-S," not suggestions or advisements, LAWS.

ICE Agents are most certainly 'police' in every sense of the word; saying otherwise is either dishonest grasping at straws or simple ignorance of the law (there I go with that pesky "L" word again).

For those in the latter category, here is what the LAW says ICE Agents may do:

"Special Agent John Smith is authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to perform the duties provided by law and regulation and is empowered to conduct investigations of offenses against the United States; conduct searches without warrant at the border and its functional equivalent; conduct inquiries related to alienage and removability; execute and serve search or arrest warrants; serve subpoenas and summonses; administer oaths; make arrests without warrant; require and receive information relating to offenses and bear firearms."

"Arrests," "bear firearms," "investigating offenses against the United States," (that would be criminal AND civil)...hmmm, sounds pretty law-enforcementish, doesn't it? What about having federal authority to perform these law enforcement activities in all 50 states, as well as flying armed aboard commercial aircraft even while technically off-duty? Sounds more like law enforcement than some civil collection agency...

Unless you read picture books, "police officer," is a very general and broad-coverage term. If you're still confused: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/police

Funny how well-meaning American citizens always want to harbor/defend illegals, until they buy the house across the street from you, setup a marijuana grow house, sell drugs in your neighborhood, get arrested by ICE (who yell "POLICE, SEARCH WARRANT" as they enter the house, by the way), and then have that nice house foreclosed on or seized.

Amazing that people who have no regard for our immigration laws would also break other laws. Or is it really? I suppose it would be amazing, if you are naive and have absolutely zero real-world knowledge of human behavior. Read: a liberal law professor and/or other ivory-tower limousine-liberal academic.

As for the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, I'm a huge fan of the ENTIRE document, not just the few amendments and lines that liberals love to tout, while crapping on many of the others.

In summary, illegals are law-breakers by their very definition, and do not have the same right to live here as US Citizens or those who have waited and applied formally for legal status. Those are the facts; either get over it, get yourself ASAP to a 3rd world nation, or get a helmet.

Class dismissed.

Posted by: betterlatethannever | Nov 6, 2008 5:38:53 AM

Sorry that it took almost two years to respond to this garbage, but I was just googling Barack Hussein Obama's July 15th, 2008 statement about ICE agents 'terrorizing' neighborhoods with their immigration raids.

Back to the absurd notion that ICE Agents are not police, and should not represent themselves as such.

Sounds like the sour grapes whining of those feeling the pinch of increased enforcement of our Nation's immigration LAWS. That's right, "L-A-W-S," not suggestions or advisements, LAWS.

ICE Agents are most certainly 'police' in every sense of the word; saying otherwise is either dishonest grasping at straws or simple ignorance of the law (there I go with that pesky "L" word again).

For those in the latter category, here is what the LAW says ICE Agents may do:

"Special Agent John Smith is authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to perform the duties provided by law and regulation and is empowered to conduct investigations of offenses against the United States; conduct searches without warrant at the border and its functional equivalent; conduct inquiries related to alienage and removability; execute and serve search or arrest warrants; serve subpoenas and summonses; administer oaths; make arrests without warrant; require and receive information relating to offenses and bear firearms."

"Arrests," "bear firearms," "investigating offenses against the United States," (that would be criminal AND civil)...hmmm, sounds pretty law-enforcementish, doesn't it? What about having federal authority to perform these law enforcement activities in all 50 states, as well as flying armed aboard commercial aircraft even while technically off-duty? Sounds more like law enforcement than some civil collection agency...

Unless you read picture books, "police officer," is a very general and broad-coverage term. If you're still confused: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/police

Funny how well-meaning American citizens always want to harbor/defend illegals, until they buy the house across the street from you, setup a marijuana grow house, sell drugs in your neighborhood, get arrested by ICE (who yell "POLICE, SEARCH WARRANT" as they enter the house, by the way), and then have that nice house foreclosed on or seized.

Amazing that people who have no regard for our immigration laws would also break other laws. Or is it really? I suppose it would be amazing, if you are naive and have absolutely zero real-world knowledge of human behavior. Read: a liberal law professor and/or other ivory-tower limousine-liberal academic.

As for the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, I'm a huge fan of the ENTIRE document, not just the few amendments and lines that liberals love to tout, while crapping on many of the others.

In summary, illegals are law-breakers by their very definition, and do not have the same right to live here as US Citizens or those who have waited and applied formally for legal status. Those are the facts; either get over it, get yourself ASAP to a 3rd world nation, or get a helmet.

Class dismissed.

Posted by: betterlatethannever | Nov 6, 2008 5:39:00 AM

Sorry that it took almost two years to respond to this garbage, but I was just googling Barack Hussein Obama's July 15th, 2008 statement about ICE agents 'terrorizing' neighborhoods with their immigration raids.

Back to the absurd notion that ICE Agents are not police, and should not represent themselves as such.

Sounds like the sour grapes whining of those feeling the pinch of increased enforcement of our Nation's immigration LAWS. That's right, "L-A-W-S," not suggestions or advisements, LAWS.

ICE Agents are most certainly 'police' in every sense of the word; saying otherwise is either dishonest grasping at straws or simple ignorance of the law (there I go with that pesky "L" word again).

For those in the latter category, here is what the LAW says ICE Agents may do:

"Special Agent John Smith is authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to perform the duties provided by law and regulation and is empowered to conduct investigations of offenses against the United States; conduct searches without warrant at the border and its functional equivalent; conduct inquiries related to alienage and removability; execute and serve search or arrest warrants; serve subpoenas and summonses; administer oaths; make arrests without warrant; require and receive information relating to offenses and bear firearms."

"Arrests," "bear firearms," "investigating offenses against the United States," (that would be criminal AND civil)...hmmm, sounds pretty law-enforcementish, doesn't it? What about having federal authority to perform these law enforcement activities in all 50 states, as well as flying armed aboard commercial aircraft even while technically off-duty? Sounds more like law enforcement than some civil collection agency...

Unless you read picture books, "police officer," is a very general and broad-coverage term. If you're still confused: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/police

Funny how well-meaning American citizens always want to harbor/defend illegals, until they buy the house across the street from you, setup a marijuana grow house, sell drugs in your neighborhood, get arrested by ICE (who yell "POLICE, SEARCH WARRANT" as they enter the house, by the way), and then have that nice house foreclosed on or seized.

Amazing that people who have no regard for our immigration laws would also break other laws. Or is it really? I suppose it would be amazing, if you are naive and have absolutely zero real-world knowledge of human behavior. Read: a liberal law professor and/or other ivory-tower limousine-liberal academic.

As for the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, I'm a huge fan of the ENTIRE document, not just the few amendments and lines that liberals love to tout, while crapping on many of the others.

In summary, illegals are law-breakers by their very definition, and do not have the same right to live here as US Citizens or those who have waited and applied formally for legal status. Those are the facts; either get over it, get yourself ASAP to a 3rd world nation, or get a helmet.

Class dismissed.

Posted by: betterlatethannever | Nov 6, 2008 5:39:07 AM

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