Immigration

Police Chief: ICE Lied to Me

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Santa Cruz, California police chiefs and city officials held a press conference yesterday where they accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of lying to them.

Chief Kevin Vogel and Deputy Chief Dan Flippo said their department cooperated with ICE in the apprehension of gang members under the assurance that an ICE raid would not target innocent immigrants, but ICE picked up 11 people not including the gang members.

Chief Kevin Vogel said that federal officials have also admitted to detained [sic] some Santa Cruz residents who did not have a criminal history or any ties to gangs. They were singled out based on their immigration status, according to NBC-affiliate KSBW. [...]

Meanwhile, Flippo elaborated at the news conference that six people were taken to a Homeland Security facility. Five of them were released on GPS monitoring, while one was released with a USCIS interview notice, known as a G-56 form. Four others were detained and issued the G-56 form at their residences.

"I am outraged," Flippo said. "I am disgusted."

ICE spokesman James Schwab denied that local police were misled, but confirmed that they arrested 11 additional immigrants aside from the alleged gang members.

If you were to ask me whether I believe ICE or the local police department, there's no contest. The local police department knows this will make their jobs even more difficult while ICE under Trump has been told to take the gloves off.

The Trump regime's actions will make everyone less safe, not safer. Cooperation and trust, even between local police departments and federal law enforcement, will break down. Immigrants who may otherwise have information about real crimes will decline to share it out of fear that they will also be arrested.

  • muselet

    Of course ICE lied to you, then lied about lying, you fools. That’s what ICE does. Always has, always will.

    Now that Donald Trump and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III have let la migra off the leash, it’s only going to get worse. You think the FBI is arrogant (every local police and sheriff’s department thinks so, usually for good reason)? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. ICE doesn’t give a monkey’s about your local crime rate or your relationship with the people you police. The chaos they leave in their wake is not their problem.

    Enjoy cleaning up their mess, gentlemen.

    (When a reactionary like Daryl Gates—whose Special Order 40 strongly discouraged LAPD officers from asking victims and witnesses their immigration status—would be dismissed as a bleeding-heart librul! nowadays, it’s clear how very stupid this administration’s policies are.)

    –alopecia

    • I’d upvote this a 1,000 times if I could. The fed LEO agencies were never to be fully trusted by locals but this makes it so much worse.

      • muselet

        That’s always struck me as weird and counterproductive. I’d think the feds would want to be on good terms with the local yokels rather than antagonize them. It would make everyone’s job a lot easier.

        –alopecia

        • The root of the problem is historical and cultural in nature. Law enforcement in the US started locally and the federal branches were/are outsiders who came along later. J. Edgar Hoover made sure that there was distrust between the feds and locals because he wanted it that way for a variety of reasons. There are shelf loads of books written on this particular topic and the sum of it is that it is endemic and a deeply rooted problem that will not be solved any the soon.

  • Aynwrong

    I respect law enforcement. I do. But knowing that law enforcement in this country overwhelmingly supported Trump is a real challenge to that. These 11 people are not criminals and have never harmed anyone. They likely have families and children who depend on them and now they and their loved ones are being terrorized (No I don’t think that’s hyperbole) by uniformed men for the crime of wanting to work hard and provide for their families.

    At least this police chief is angry about this. Even it is only for practical reasons.

  • Scopedog

    The Trump regime’s actions will make everyone less safe, not safer. Cooperation and trust, even between local police departments and federal law enforcement, will break down. Immigrants who may otherwise have information about real crimes will decline to share it out of fear that they will also be arrested.

    And that’s exactly what Bannon and company want. To completely f**k everything up–and thanks to Trump, they are in the perfect position to do just that.

    But yeah, Hillary would have been sooooo much worse, m’I right?

  • gescove

    Your Bannon/Trump Gestapo, folks. God help us all.