‘Sanctuary city’ law let gang member walk free from Rikers…

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By Daniel Halper, Yoav Gonen and Carl Campanile

An illegal immigrant gang member from El Salvador was allowed to walk free from Rikers Island under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Sanctuary City” law — in defiance of a federal petition to hold him for deportation, officials said Tuesday.

“This man is by his own admission a member of a violent street gang and he was released back into the community,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in New York. “Honoring a detainer request is not about politics, it is about keeping New York citizens safe.”

Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, an admitted member of the notorious MS-13 gang, was released from Rikers Island on Feb. 16 after serving time for disorderly conduct.

ICE officials had requested last May that Velasquez — who was ordered removed by an immigration judge in November 2015 — be turned over to them when he was done serving his sentence, but no one at ICE was alerted to his release.

They were forced to send their own agents to find him, and they were able to track him down the same day in Queens.

“He has been processed and is now in … detention pending removal,” ICE said in a statement Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Salvadoran national has a criminal history in the United States that includes second-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct, federal officials said.

But Velasquez’s convictions are not on the city’s list of roughly 170 offenses that are deemed serious or violent under de Blasio’s 2014 Sanctuary City law.

City officials do not notify federal agents about the release of illegal immigrants convicted of minor crimes.

“The detainee was released after he pled guilty and served his time to an offense that does not qualify as a violent or serious felony under the city’s local laws‎, and his gang affiliation was not supported by evidence that meets even minimal constitutional standards,” City Hall spokesperson Rosemary Boeglin said.

“When ICE presents evidence to our city that an individual in our custody has been convicted of a violent or serious offense — one that threatens the public’s safety — we will fully cooperate.”

State Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) said he was “amazed” that an “admitted gang member” wasn’t turned over to federal authorities.

“When ICE has a detainer on an illegal immigrant with a criminal record, they should be turned over to the federal government — no questions asked,” he said. “The lowlives who are committing crimes — get them out of here.”

Decker said the city’s policy is “creating a potentially unsafe environment for its residents.”

“ICE remains steadfast in solidifying its relationship with local law enforcement in the interest of public safety and national security,” he added.

A spokesperson for ICE could not offer additional details on Velasquez’s criminal history, including when and where he’s been arrested.

Additional reporting by Danika Fears

Poll: Most Americans Oppose ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Support Trump’s Travel Ban

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by Robert Gehl

Whatever leftists think about “Sanctuary City” policies, they’re on the opposite side of most Americans.

Because by and large – we hate such a program – and in staggering numbers.

A new Harvard-Harris poll shown exclusively to The Hill shows that 80 percent of all voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting illegal immigrants they come into contact with to federal agents.

As it stands, hundreds of cities – most with Democratic mayors – and some states and counties – are refusing to cooperate with the feds in detaining these illegal aliens.

President Trump has signed an executive order directing Homeland Security to find ways to withhold federal funding from these cities. The top ten sanctuary cities in the country combined stand to lose upwards of $2.27 billion. They are:

  1. New York City: $701.6 million
  2. Chicago / Cook County: $526.4 million
  3. Los Angeles / LA County: $466.2 million
  4. Philadelphia: $199.5 million
  5. Detroit / Wayne County: $104.7 million
  6. Seattle / King County: $72.7 million
  7. San Francisco: $70.9 million
  8. Boston / Suffolk County: $65.5 million
  9. Denver: $39.1 Million
  10. Washington, D.C.: 20.4 million

That money goes to everything from public education to health services.

Homeland Security Secretary Kelly is expected to hire thousands of new immigration enforcement agents with broad authority to detain and deport those in the country illegally – setting up a showdown between the feds and Sanctuary Cities. Reports are that illegal immigrants could be detained for as little as a traffic violation.

The Harvard poll showed strong support for a reform of the nation’s immigration laws, with 77 percent saying they support comprehensive reform and only 23 percent against it.

Border Patrol Agents Arrest 5th Sex Offender in California

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By Bob Price

Border Patrol agents in the El Centro Sector arrested a previously deported sex offender in southern California. He is the fifth, previously deported sex offender busted after crossing the border illegally in this sector since the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Agents working an isolated area near Mount Signal observed a man running north from the International Border. Agents caught up with the suspected illegal immigrant and confirmed he had just crossed, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

The agents transported the suspect to the El Centro Station for processing. During a routine identification check, agents discovered the 42-year-old Mexican national is a previously deported sex offender. The State of California convicted the man for Lewdness Acts with a Minor under 16. The court sentenced the criminal alien to 20 months in prison. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deported the man following his prison term.

The Department of Justice will now prosecute the Mexican national for Reentry After Removal as a convicted sex offender.

“The vigilant work of our agents in the El Centro Sector has led to the successful removal of a sexual predator,” Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said in a written statement. “We’re sending a clear message to those who have committed serious crimes in the United States and are seeking to illegally enter, that we will vigorously pursue criminal prosecution.”

Four other previously deported sex offenders have been arrested by Border Patrol agents in this sector alone over the past four months, Breitbart Texas reported earlier this month. Other sectors have also been reported the continuing arrests of previously deported sex offenders — illustrating the need to control our nation’s southern border with Mexico more efficiently.

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Killer of Whittier cop was on ‘early release’ from jail, linked to other East LA murder same day

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Whittier police officer Keith Boyer was killed during a shootout with a “known gang member” suspected in another murder hours earlier in Los Angeles County. A procession and candlelight vigil were held to commemorate his 27-year career and sacrifice.

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Just after 8:00am Monday, Boyer and Officer Patrick Hazel both responded to a traffic accident in separate patrol cars. When the officers asked the suspect to exit his vehicle, he pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and began firing at them.

Boyer and Hazel returned fire, injuring the suspect before backup came.

After other officers arrived, Boyer and Hazel were rushed to the hospital, where Boyer was pronounced dead. Hazel and the suspect were both reported in stable condition and are expected to survive. The suspect was taken into custody after being treated.

According to a statement released on Facebook by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect was a known gang member on parole on early release.” They also state that a handgun was recovered at the scene, and that the suspect’s vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day.

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In a press conference following the shootout, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina said that Police have identified the suspect as a 26-year-old Hispanic gang member who was paroled from jail less than two weeks ago.

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Suspect sought in apparent road rage shooting in Whittier
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The investigation into the suspect’s vehicle revealed it was connected to another murder that was reported earlier that morning in East Los Angeles.

Police say they are still investigating, but Corina told reporters that witnesses identified the suspect as being the person that’s responsible for that murder.

It looks like he did a murder over there earlier this morning, took the car, and then happened to be driving through Whittier when he got in the accident, and then was contacted by the Whittier officers, Corina said at the press conference. Unbeknownst to the Whittier police officers, when they went to pull the car over, they had a murder suspect… in a stolen car.

Everybody needs to know what these officers are dealing with on a daily basis,” Piper said. “People don’t want to follow rules. People don’t care about other people… This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be.

The death of Boyer marks the first time a Whittier police officer has been killed in the line of duty in 34 years.

In the afternoon, hundreds of officers accompanied Boyer’s body during a procession, as his remains were transported from UC Irvine Medical Center to the Orange County coroner’s office.

A candlelight vigil began at 6:00pm for Boyer, with hundreds showing up to honor him.

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