Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
May 2, 2019
It has been an interesting first week in the month of May when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
This week we take a look at for your Pacific Northwest radio listeners at an illegal alien who was convicted of domestic abuse related charge in Multnomah County, Oregon.
But first some background information, over the last couple of months I have requested from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs immigration enforcement stories from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement agency.
Monday, April 29, 2019 ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya J. Roman sent via e-mail the following statement on Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus (SID: 21120332; DOB: 06/12/1990), age 28, who was apprehended inside the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon — clearly an ICE immigration enforcement story:
“On April 26, ICE deportation officers were at the Multnomah County Courthouse to execute an arrest warrant on Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus, a Mexican citizen, who is illegally present in the United States. During the arrest, Lopez-DeJesus’ criminal attorney attempted to impede the lawful arrest.
By impeding a federal officer while they were engaged in their official duties, the attorney put himself, his client, the agents involved and the community at risk. These type of actions are unprofessional, unacceptable, and may violate criminal laws.” – Tanya J. Roman, ICE Public Affairs Officer.
Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus, is a criminal alien who has been convicted of harassment.”
“Under current ICE policy, courthouses are not considered sensitive locations. ICE guidance directs agency personnel to avoid conducting enforcement activities at sensitive locations unless they have prior approval from an appropriate supervisory official or in the event of exigent circumstances. The locations specified in the guidance include schools, places of worship and hospitals.”
ICE arrests target courthouses, such as the following:
▪ Many of the targeted arrests sought by ICE at or near courthouses are foreign nationals who have prior criminal convictions in the U.S. In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers.
▪ When criminal custody transfers occur inside the secure confines of a jail or prison, it’s far safer for everyone involved, including our officers and the person being arrested.
▪ Now that some law enforcement agencies no longer honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat. When ICE Fugitive Operations officers have to proactively search for these criminal aliens, regardless of the precautions they take, it needlessly puts our personnel and potentially innocent bystanders in harm’s way.
▪ Moreover, tracking down our priority fugitives is highly resource-intensive. It’s not uncommon for our criminal alien targets to utilize multiple aliases and provide authorities with false addresses. Many do not have a stable place of employment.
▪ Absent a viable address for a residence or place of employment, a courthouse may afford the most likely opportunity to locate a target and take him or her into custody.
▪ Additionally, because courthouse visitors are typically screened upon entry to search for weapons and other contraband, the safety risks for the arresting officers and for the arrestee are substantially diminished.
▪ In such instances where deportation officers seek to conduct an arrest at a courthouse, every effort is made to take the person into custody in a secure area, out of public view, but this is not always possible. – ICE Public Affairs.
Wanting more detailed specific information on the immigration status Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus, I contacted via e-mail on Monday, April 29, 2019 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tanya J. Roman.
Here are some of the written questions I sent to U.S. ICE Public Affairs Officer Roman:
Can the ICE Public Affairs Officer identify a list of crimes committed by foreign nationals or criminal aliens that ICE agents are targeting for enforcement operations at county courthouses?
Has Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus ever previously served time in a federal prison for an immigration crime or violation?
How many times if any has Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus been removed from the United States of America (USA)?
If Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus has been previously removed from the USA, what were the dates, times and locations he was removed from the country?
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Public Affairs Officer Tanya J. Roman sent us the following statement in answer to my preceding questions on the immigration status of Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus:
“Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus, is a Mexican citizen, who is illegally present in the United States. ICE arrested him on immigration violations following his court appearance April 26, and he is currently in ICE custody. Lopez-Dejesus has one conviction for harassment-domestic violence from April 2018. He has not had any previous encounters with ICE.”
“ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement incompliance with federal law and agency policy. ICE no longer exempts classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention, and if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”
“ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.”
“ICE officers routinely make arrests on a daily basis nationwide. Such operations help improve public safety by removing criminal aliens from our communities; in addition, these operations maintain the integrity of U.S. immigration laws.”
“The agency has long-established practices in place related to civil immigration enforcement inside courthouses. Arrests that take place inside courthouses are undertaken in coordination with court house security leadership with the same level of professionalism and respect that ICE officers and agents are committed to practicing every day.”
“ICE does not make civil immigration arrests inside courthouses indiscriminately. As with all other federal agency planned enforcement actions, ICE arrests at courthouses are the result of targeted enforcement actions against specific, targeted aliens. ERO law enforcement officers and agents exercise sound judgment when enforcing federal law and make substantial efforts to avoid unnecessarily alarming the public.” – Tanya J. Roman, ICE Public Affairs.
Analysis of the preceding information:
Clearly U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are doing the job that was tasked to them in identifying and apprehending foreign national criminals illegally present in United States of America (U.S.A.) like Mexican national domestic abuser Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus.
Fortunately for the public safety of all Oregon residents, Bernabe Lopez-Dejesus is now in ICE custody incarcerated at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
Unfortunately ICE agents will continue to face a difficult and challenging battle in the enforcement of U.S.A. immigration law when state laws, county and city resolutions prohibit state, county and local law enforcement from fully cooperating ICE in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
Lars, the first week of May and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 Pacific Northwest radio listeners.