Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested two people at a courthouse in Northern California on Tuesday, defying a ‘sanctuary state’ statue that attempts to ban immigration law enforcement from making arrests at court facilities.
The arrests were made at the Sonoma County Superior Court.
California ultimately lacks jurisdiction to dictate ICE’s terms of operation in the state. It has the ability to decline cooperation with the federal agency, but the constitutional case for dictating where the immigration enforcement agency can make arrests is dubious at best.
The agency provided a statement on the matter to Newsweek, refusing to apologize for enforcing the immigration laws of the United States, even if the state of California sees them as inconvenient.
“Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities,” said San Francisco field officer David Jennings. California’s sanctuary laws “will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States.”
Jennings made it clear that ICE has every legal right to enforce federal law.
A California public defender condemned the arrests, claiming that ICE’s operations would make it impossible for California’s law enforcement to maintain a working relationship with illegal immigrants.
ICE is ramping up operations to enforce immigration law in municipalities that have “sanctuary” laws. The agency is beginning a cooperative program with Customs and Border Patrol to work with one of CBP’s elite tactical units in sanctuary cities.
Illegal Alien Arrested in the Beating, Torture, and Death of His Nine Year Old Son in Idaho
Erik Osuna is an illegal immigrant.
A man identified by prosecutors as an illegal alien has been arrested in the beating and torture of his own son, with the boy’s stepmother being charged with murder in his death.
Emrik Osuna, a nine year old boy, was discovered starved and covered with bruises at the residence of Erik Osuna-Gutierrez and Monique Osuna. First responders who were summoned to the Meridian, Idaho home later pronounced the boy dead.
(Pictured: nine year old Emrik Osuna.)
(Pictured: Erik and Monique Osuna.)
Police reports indicate that Monique Osuna has admitted to police that she kicked her stepson in the groin and beat him with various household objects, among them a frying pan, a wooden spoon, a backscratcher, a belt, and even a dog leash. She’s being charged with murder, and Erik Osuna is being charged with felony injury to a child, infliction of great bodily harm and destruction of evidence in the abuse of the child.
The couple allegedly subjected the nine year old boy to a sickening regimen of continual child abuse, such as forcing him to exercise for hours, locking him into a closet, and feeding him starvation rations of water and rice for weeks. Prosecutors are alleging that Erik Osuna allowed the abuse to happen, and that the sick couple only called 911 hours after Emrik Osuna was in severe medical distress.
Idaho prosecutors have identified Erik Osuna as an illegal immigrant, pointing him out as a flight risk in pre-trial bond hearings in the case. They urged a judge to deny Osuna a bond because of his status as an illegal, arguing that he could attempt to flee because he doesn’t have many personal connections in the state.
Both Osunas are being held on $2 million bonds in the Idaho jail system, and neither have entered a plea in response to the charges. Their next court appearance is scheduled for September 17th.
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