Garden Grove, CA - California Congressman Lou Correa and Bishop Kevin Vann rushed to judgment when they saw a CBP vehicle in at church parking lot on March 17th.
Rep. Correa, D-Santa Ana, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about what appeared to be an ICE vehicle parked at Christ Cathedral Church in Garden Grove, according to kfiam640. In the letter, Rep. Correa said:
“Christ Cathedral is my church. I know what it looks like, and these photos clearly show an ICE vehicle staking out the parking lot. This is despicable, and this behavior must end. It is intimidation, and it is wrong.”
The pictures were sent to Rep. Lou Correa by the Bishop of Orange, Kevin Vann. According to CBS Local Los Angeles the pictures were included letter that the Bishop wrote to an Associate Director of Homeland Security.
Bishop Vann also issued "organizational and legal guidance to the 62 parishes and 41 schools within the Diocese regarding how to address the presence of ICE at our facilities." A spokesman for the Diocese said that the the guidelines were to "respect the due process rights of individuals and our institutions."
Santa Ana, the district of Rep. Lou Correa, is a sanctuary city, and Garden Grove is part of the metropolitan area surrounding it.
ICE kicked off pointing out the humiliating over-reaction by pointing out that the vehicle wasn't a Immigration and Customs Enforcement vehicle. An ICE spokeswoman said that it was actually an vehicle assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
And the real reason the vehicle was parked there? A CBP Officer was attending a funeral.
In a statement from the CBP:
“On February 17, 2017, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from the Los Angeles CBP Honor Guard attended the funeral of a military veteran at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The CBP Honor Guard has a proud tradition of routinely attending memorial services to honor law enforcement and military personnel who have bravely served their country."
Perhaps Rep. Lou Correa and Bishop Vann should investigate further before making invalid complaints.