Andrea Valderrama, the chair of the David Douglas School Board and a 2018 Portland City Council candidate, was able to obtain a restraining order earlier this month against Oregon State Representative Diego Hernandez.
Valderrama’s March 3 filing in Multnomah County Circuit Court accuses Hernandez, with whom she lived with from January through April 2019, of getting drunk, engaging in threatening behavior and throwing things, including his phone, at her.
“He usually mixes alcohol, narcotic pills, and marijuana,” the filing stated. “This use leads to violent outbursts and unpredictability.”
“I filed this restraining order because I feared for my safety and my daughter’s safety,” Valderrama told the Willamette Week. “The pattern of behavior that I experienced is behavior that he acknowledged.”
Hernandez denied the accusations.
“It’s important for me to say unequivocally that I refute the characterizations that are in the petition, both of my actions and my personality,” he proclaimed. “I believe an airing of the facts in court would present a different, clearer account of the past months, but of course the restraining order is being dismissed, and for good reason….I wish Andrea only the best and I hope we can all move on.”
A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020, though the two are negotiating a settlement through lawyers.
“The court approved this restraining order and it is currently in place,” Valderrama told WW. “It has not been dismissed. We were working towards a settlement that would dismiss the restraining order.”
Valderrama’s court filing cites a June 21 incident from last 2019 when the two went out to dance: “He took pill and drank three very strong drinks,” the filing stated. Valderrama’s filing highlights that he went to dance with other women and returned to find her dancing with other people as well. He became furious, and the two left the venue. He yelled at her for three hours, the filing noted.
“This behavior escalated to physical violence when he threw his phone at me,” the filing states. “He also threw another object at me that was on the table.”
The filing contends that Hernandez did not remember what happened in the morning, but that he told her that a past partner had said he behaved in a similar way on a combination of pills and alcohol.
The filing also features text-message apologies from Hernandez, for excessive drinking and for his mistreatment of her. “I’m sorry. I promise I won’t mix alcohol and drugs like that again,” one text included in the filing read.
His attorney claims that both parties have been in negotiations over terms for a dismissal of the restraining order.
Valderrama settled for a dismissal with an agreement for a mutual no-contact order.
Hernandez is looking get his legal fees covered.
A Twitter user, Jonathan A. Lockwood posted the following:
“Portland Democrat “mixes alcohol, narcotic pills, and marijuana” leading to “violent outbursts” per filing. I’m calling on Speaker Kotek and Gov. Kate Brown to ask him to resign. He is unfit to serve. CC:
Portland Democrat “mixes alcohol, narcotic pills, and marijuana” leading to “violent outbursts” per filing.
I’m calling on Speaker Kotek and Gov. Kate Brown to ask him to resign. He is unfit to serve.
— Jonathan A. Lockwood (@JNTHN_LCKWD) March 25, 2020
Given that Hernandez is a minority and Democrat, he will likely keep his position due to the fact that the Left overwhelmingly protects its most radical and degenerate members.
The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement
The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.
Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country.
According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.
As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.
A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.
After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.
According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.
Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.
Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.
However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.
“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”
The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.
How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.
They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.
So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.
Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from:
Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.
The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.
Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.
Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.
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