Massachusetts DA Gets Hot Under The Collar About ICE Arrest

As the chief prosecutor in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Rachel Rollins has a full docket. Yet, sitting at the top of her priority list is to investigate why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehended an illegal alien with an extensive criminal past who was in state court to be arraigned on cocaine trafficking charges.

Despite just swearing the oath to protect her constituents and maintain law and order, Rollins said the nature of 21-year-old Alfeu Barbosa’s crimes were irrelevant because ICE’s action was worse.

“I absolutely find this incredibly troubling, irrespective of what this person was charged with. This is a high priority for me. I’m personally looking into this incident. I will personally be getting the answers,” Rollins told the Boston Globe.

In the opinion of Rollins and others who seek to shield criminal aliens from deportation, the damage to trust between law enforcement and the “community” is far greater than the threat to public safety.

Rollins is not the first to find fault with ICE arresting illegal aliens in “sensitive” locations, such as courthouses, schools and hospitals.

Not only are these kinds of arrests not new, they are not common and certainly are not where ICE would prefer to detain and hold criminal aliens.

Although they are well within their right to arrest individuals at state courthouses, ICE opted to issue a directive in January 2018 putting forward the specific occasions and circumstances when arrests should and could be made.

Contrary to widely-circulated myths, ICE exempted from arrest on civil immigration charges those “family members or friends accompanying the target alien to court appearances or serving as a witness in a proceeding,” unless there are “special circumstances, such as where the individual poses a threat to public safety or interferes with ICE’s enforcement actions.”

But that was not good enough for some pro-sanctuary advocacy groups who in March 2018 chose to seek a “writ of protection” that would prevent federal immigration agents from making arrests of illegal aliens in state courthouses.

Their effort died when Justice Elspeth Cypher of Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling in September rejecting what would be an “unprecedented” action . She noted that part of her reason for denying the groups’ request was the fact the lawyers had refused to identify immigrants they claimed were too afraid to appear in court.

Not only is trying to shield foreign criminals from the consequences of their crimes, including entering the country illegally, nonsensical in terms of public safety, it is a gross double-standard as no such protection is afforded to your average American criminal.

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  1. avatar

    People have to be some kind of EXTREMELY stupid to want the criminal illegal aliens to roam the streets victimzing American people and the legal immigrants…
    They are NOT thinking … have totally lost their minds… without ICE, this country would be destroyed by the criminal illegal aliens .. without ICE, you can say good-bye to America…
    the lunatics on the left, REALLY need to open their eyes.. and face facts.. STOP PROTECTING CRIMINALS WHO HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE IN THE COUNTRY…

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    You are so right Jennifer. I really don’t understand how it has gone on this long. In my opinion President Trump is among the strongest presidents of all . I wouldn’t be able to even think straight enough to run a country with all the negativity he has to deal with. Just think what he could do for us if all the nagging stopped for a couple of days

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    Sounds like a violation of 1907. Title 8, U.S.C. 1324(a):

    Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

    Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.

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      Why do politicians think they are above the law? Thinking they can abolish such thing. And harbor/abade Illegal immigrants? Inviting more trouble here, when America has enough and doesn’t even take care of all their own. Those politicians need to pay their checks and go there to find a job. When not helping in AMERICA in the first place. Giving jobs, water, food, money, aid, land, and more away and not here where it belongs .

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        Probably because they get away with it, when was the last time you can find any of the prosecuted.

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      Thank you! Conspiracy / Aiding or Abetting is exactly what I was thinking..
      So what’s really going on? Why did Law Enforcement stop enforcing Laws?
      What keeps these protesters from being arrested for Conspiracy ? People can’t just disobey the laws by saying they don’t like the Authorities! Could you imagine walking into a Court room to defend a client by reason that ,
      let’s say they didn’t pay a speeding ticket or show up for court because they didn’t like the officer that issued the ticket.
      How would that fly?

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    The Open Border Party (OBP) Has No Agenda Except

    A 70% income tax bracket, Medicare for all, the end of the world in 12 years due to global warming, abolishing ICE, sanctuary cities, no wall, etc, etc…tax and spend IOWS. A bunch of buffoons that hate Trump.

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    Another example of just making up the law, or attempting to, to suit your agenda. What exactly does she think she is going to do? Charge the ICE agents with a crime? Yeah, just try that. This would not BE a problem if these nut cases who can’t seem to distinguish right from wrong would do THEIR jobs to begin with, which would be to agree to hold these people and inform ICE to pick them up after a conviction. They refuse to do that and go out of their way to put them back on the streets.

    Democrats resent the charge that they favor illegals over the rights of American citizens and the work of ICE agents. Well, don’t they? It’s like they claim they aren’t for open borders, but virtually everything they do is geared in that direction. If both houses of Congress took a vote tomorrow for complete amnesty for every illegal in the country almost every single Democrat would vote for it.

    Liberals hate Trump but when Truman left office it was with very low approval ratings. But modern historians generally rank him in the top 10 of all presidents. To the horror of modern liberals he made the tough decisions. He used the atomic bomb on an enemy that was determined to not surrender. He had no choice. Not only to save American lives but there was the fact that Japan could have cut a last minute deal with the Russians, something they had already done with Hitler until he turned on them.

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    This isn’t the first time the “criminal justice system” in the People’s Republic of Marxachusetts coddled a dangerous drug pusher. Last year a judge appointed by a Libtard let a heroin and fentanyl dealer walk so he wouldn’t get deported for a felony. The DoJ needs to keep up these apprehensions of criminal illegals and if this moonbat interferes, arrest her and charge her with Aiding and Abetting and Obstruction of Justice.

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      That’s what needs to start happening. Arrest anyone that has been sworn into office that stops doing their job. As a taxpayer , I don’t like paying people that don’t do what they are paid to do. . If they can’t do the job right then they should do something else for a living.
      I don’t like living in a Sanctuary City. It’s unsafe and unfair to it’s citizens. Did the Cartel already take over the whole Country and nobody told us?