Sanctuary Sonoma Ignored ICE Detainers, Protected Illegal Who Torched Wine Country

By Rick Wells

Although nobody deserves what happened in the Sonoma California wine country, the loss of life and property and the tremendous expense and disruption associated with it, there are many in that community, including every Democrat leader, who caused it to happen and have no one but themselves and Sacramento to blame.

They don’t care when an illegal alien kills some “anonymous” American who isn’t related to them, but maybe the elites have connections to those who lost their lives in the Sonoma wine country fires. At a minimum maybe they’ll care that their favorite wine is not going to be available or will cost a lot more, as that affects them personally. Probably not.

Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested on arson charges for fire-setting in the Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico.

To make the case more damning for Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Xavier Becerra and the rest of the open border liberals fighting American sovereignty on behalf of the illegal invasion, he had been twice deported back to Mexico and returned.

Homan stated that ICE has issued detainer requests for the illegal alien, Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, now five times in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 which is related to the arson charges. He stated that all of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges.”

Getting a firsthand education in the results of harboring criminals inside their community, Sonoma County, as is the case now with the entire state, has been a sanctuary jurisdiction that does not fully cooperate with ICE. They do not honor ICE detainer requests asking them to hold a criminal alien for pick up which means the criminal stays in the community, as this one did, and this was the result.

Homan detailed in his statement, “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases.” If they had been, he’d have been setting fires in Mexico, not California. He was apparently not responsible for all of the fires, but even a small incident removed equipment and manpower from where they were already working. Whether he is alleged to have set a primary fire or others is not yet known.

“Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes. ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property.

This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region. Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases.Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions.

The residents of Sonoma County, and the state of California, deserve better than policies that expose them to avoidable dangers. Non-cooperation policies – now enshrined in California state law – ensure only one thing: criminals who would otherwise be deported will be released and left free to reoffend as they please.”



ICE To Step Up Worksite Enforcement

A construction worker chants along with protestors as they march through downtown Seattle in support of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was detained by U.S. immigration authorities, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder

By Will Racke

The Trump administration’s top immigration agent said Tuesday that he plans to ramp up investigations of businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

Speaking at a panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan said the agency will prioritize worksite enforcement as a way to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

“Unless you remove the magnets [for illegal immigration], as long as they think they can come here and get U.S. citizenship and not get removed, they’re going to keep coming,” Homan said. “As long as they can come here and get a job, they’re going to try and come. So we are stepping up worksite enforcement.”

Homan said he studied the amount of time ICE agents were spending on workplace investigations and determined he wanted those efforts to increase by “four to five times.” In addition to bringing charges against companies that violate employment law, he said, ICE will also initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants found at worksites.

“We’re going to do it a little differently than we’ve done it,” Homan said. “We’re going to prosecute the employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, and we’re going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers.”

The Trump administration has already initiated legal action against several companies that either knowingly hired illegal immigrants or used guest worker visas to discriminate against native-born job applicants.

Earlier this month, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. pleaded guilty to a running a scheme to employ illegal workers and was ordered to pay a total of $95 million, the biggest penalty ever levied in an immigration case.

Before the Asplundh settlement, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division sued a Colorado company for allegedly hiring foreign guest workers at the expense of qualified U.S. citizens. The lawsuit was the first under the DOJ’s Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative, a program initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in order to investigate employment discrimination on the basis of U.S. citizenship.

At Heritage, Homan said those types of enforcement actions would become a bigger priority in the coming year.

“We’re taking worksite enforcement very hard this year,” he said. “We’ve already increased the number of inspections and worksite operations, you’re going to see that significantly increase this next fiscal year.”

Illegal alien accused of murdering 18-year-old student was in DACA program

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Daniel De Jesus Rangel-Sherrer came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico, ICE said last week (Greenville County Sheriff’s Office)

By Samuel Chamberlain

A man accused of killing a South Carolina high school student had been protected from deportation under the DACA program, U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News Thursday evening.

Daniel De Jesus Rangel-Sherrer, 19, is accused of murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the death of 18-year-old Diana Martinez-Gonzalez.

Martinez-Gonzalez, a junior at Greenville High School, was found dead in a wooded area Oct. 4. Officials said she had been forced into the woods and shot multiple times in the head.

“Immediately upon contact, [Rangel-Sherrer] confessed to one of the deputies,” Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis told reporters.

Investigators said a friend of Martinez-Gonzalez was also held against her will by the suspect, but she managed to escape and contact authorities. It’s not clear how Rangel-Sherrer and Martinez-Gonzalez knew each other.


Diana Martinez-Gonzalez was found in a wooded area in Easley, S.C. on Oct. 4  (Family handout via Fox Carolina)


The day after Rangel-Sherrer’s arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a detainer order for the suspect, who was in the U.S. illegally from Mexico. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) later confirmed that Rangel-Sherrer was a DACA recipient.

DACA was created by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and protected an estimated 800,000 undocumented youths from deportation. Recipients were able to request “deferred action” for two years if they were 30 years old or younger on June 15, 2012 or came to the U.S. before turning 16 and had continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007.

Last month, the Trump administration announced plans to wind down the program by March 5, 2018 and put pressure on Congress to find a legislative fix for the issue.

The world’s youngest leader… New nationalists take charge… Brussels Nightmare…

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Austrian ‘whizz-kid’ triumphs in election…

Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s foreign minister and leader of the People’s Party (OeVP), waves while arriving for a television debate on the eve of a federal election in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Austrians were voting Sunday in a national election that’s expected to give a boost to populism in Europe and could make conservative front-runner Kurz the world’s youngest leader if anti-immigration nationalists support him. Photographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Austrian voters paved the way for the nationalist Freedom Party to enter government, heralding a shift to the political right that’s likely to make the country a more prickly ally for its European partners.

Sebastian Kurz

Photographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Projections after Sunday’s election put the populists within reach of second place behind the People’s Party of Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, 31, who claimed victory after a campaign built on outflanking the Freedom Party with a hard-line stance on migration. He now has a mandate to form a coalition, replace Social Democrat Christian Kern as chancellor and become the world’s youngest government leader.

Read more: Austria may soon have the world’s youngest leader

With the Freedom Party poised to return to government for the first time since 2005, congratulations poured in from European nationalists including France’s Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, while the World Jewish Congress expressed concern. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the result may chip away at a key ally’s pro-European stance in the years ahead.

“There won’t be a debate to leave the EU, but the Freedom Party is strong enough to demand significant concessions” and may lead Austria to align more often with eastern European countries that have challenged Merkel on issues including migration, said Thomas Hofer, a political consultant in Vienna. “Austria has mostly been an ally of Germany for decades, but that picture could change more often now,” Hofer said.

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While European populists were kept out of power in elections this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, the Freedom Party has been part of Austria’s government before. Last year, Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer almost won a run-off for the Austrian presidency, a mostly ceremonial post. Any coalition with the People’s Party would have to be “a partnership of equals,” he said Sunday.

Austria’s two big parties, the People’s Party and the Social Democrats, have governed together for 44 of the 72 years since World War II. While Kurz and Freedom leader Heinz-Christian Strache might shake up Austria’s cozy political order, they broadly agree in pledging business-friendly policies, notably to scrap corporate taxes on retained profits. They’ll also stay in the German-led camp favoring fiscal austerity in the euro area.

EU Fallout

Strache, whose party’s last stint in government under Joerg Haider led to EU diplomatic sanctions against Austria, sought to ease the way to power by backing off strident rhetoric against the EU.

Where Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron may face increased resistance is on proposals to deepen European integration, maintaining economic sanctions on Russia and chastising eastern EU member countries seen as crimping democratic freedoms. Austria’s next government may also try to toughen EU policy toward Turkey.

While Sunday’s projected result doesn’t guarantee a coalition with the Freedom Party, Kurz has a mandate to form a government after an early election he triggered by breaking up a coalition with the Social Democrats this year. The final tally may still be influenced by postal ballots, which will only be counted on Monday.

“This is a strong mandate for us to bring about change in this country,” Kurz told cheering supporters in Vienna as the results came in. “It’s about establishing a new political style, a new culture.”

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The swell of anxiety over immigration to Austria began building 2015, when almost 70,000 mostly-Muslim refugees sought asylum from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Schools and hospitals in the nation of 8.7 million struggled to accommodate the newcomers, and disagreements over whether it was fair to give immigrants generous welfare support dominate the media.

Frauke Petry, a former head of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party, which drew inspiration from its Austrian counterpart, posted congratulations on Twitter. Ronald Lauder, who heads the World Jewish Congress, said the Freedom Party is “full of xenophobes and racists.”

“It is sad and distressing that such a platform should receive more than a quarter of the vote and become the country’s second party,” he said in an emailed statement. “My only hope is that they won’t end up in government.”

— With assistance by Matthias Wabl


DREAMers Arrested For Smuggling Illegals…

Alejandra Garcia (C) stands with supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a rally outside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

White House Correspondent

Two beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were arrested for attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States, Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday.

The first arrest came on October 4 when Border Patrol agents stopped a car attempting to enter into the U.S. “After further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered two adult male subjects concealed in the trunk of the vehicle. An immigration inspection of the two subjects revealed that they were both from the country of Brazil,” CBP said in a statement.”The driver, a juvenile, was identified as a national from the country of Guatemala and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2016.”

Then, on October 7, Border Patrol stopped another car also driving in Interstate Highway 35. “After further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered one adult male subject concealed in the trunk of the vehicle. An immigration inspection of the subject revealed that he was from the country of Mexico,” CBP said. “[The driver], a juvenile, was identified as a national from the country of Mexico and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). All subjects were processed for removal proceedings.”

The DACA program was started by President Obama in 2012 to protect illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors from deportation. President Trump announced a phase out of the program in September, a move that angered Democrats. (RELATED: Sympathetic Media Scrambles To Trot Out Shiny ‘Dreamers,’ But Forgets All The Nightmares)

Public university funds students’ DACA renewal application fees

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San Diego State University has set aside a large chunk of money to pay for its students’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals application renewal fees.

Officials at the the public university allocated $130,000 to fund the renewal application fees, which run $495 apiece.

“This is a one time funding allocation not to exceed $130,000 and will be given to the SDSU Economic Crisis Response Team. This could fund up to 262 student DACA renewals which we are told by the University would be sufficient,” D. Hayden Willis, vice president of financial affairs at SDSU, wrote in a Sept. 25 memo to the Financial Affairs Committee.

The memo adds that the funds are “unclaimed property” and received “after the 2017-18 budget was approved and are currently unallocated.”

Economic Crisis Response Team is a group of administrators, students and faculty who work to ensure “students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or other immediate, unforeseen financial crises are connected with short-term and long-term aid quickly and without stigmatization,” according to its website.

The effort was billed by the school’s student government as a way to continue to support San Diego State students. In a tweet, the group stated the effort aligns with their “mission, vision and values.”

The deadline to apply was Oct. 5, and officials promised confidentiality to applicants.

The Associated Students President Chimezie Ebiriekwe and the Undocumented Resource Area Coordinator Cynthia Torres did not to respond to The College Fix’s requests for comment.

The president of San Diego State, Sally Roush, has publicly expressed her support for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“As you consider your decision, we urge you to give the greatest weight to the fact that these individuals who arrived in this country too young to have made the decision to come here, or to have understood any consequent impact on their citizenship, have in fact excelled as students and as good citizens. We implore you to acknowledge these facts and urge you to retain the DACA program,” she wrote to President Trump in a public letter dated Sept. 3.

MORE: University of California defends due process for DACA students, denies it to accused students

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