ICE Starts Arresting Illegal Immigrants At Courthouses In Defiance Of State Law

Sandy Malone

ICE agents arrested two illegal immigrants at the Sonoma County courthouse in direction violation of a California law.

Santa Rosa, CA – California lawmakers are outraged that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested two repeat offender Mexican nationals at the Sonoma County courthouse on Tuesday.

California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a law in 2019 that prohibited federal immigration authorities from making arrests at courthouses without a warrant from a judge, the Associated Press reported.

But ICE said it doesn’t matter what laws California put in place because they don’t nullify federal immigration laws.

California law “will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly-enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States,” ICE said in a statement.

The arrests came a week after President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was sending federal SWAT teams to so-called “sanctuary cities” to help grab up wanted criminals, the Associated Press reported.

However, the Sonoma County arrests did not appear to be part of that enforcement action.

Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick confirmed that sheriff’s department was notified by ICE at about 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 18 that agents would be in the area conducting enforcement but said his office did nothing to assist them, Healdsburg Patch reported.

ICE said that both men they arrested at the courthouse in Santa Rose had been arrested and deported multiple times between 2004 and 2010, according to the Associated Press.

"The two individuals were previously arrested by local law enforcement and later released back into the community," U.S. Department of Homeland Security Public Affairs Specialist Jonathan Moor told the Healdsburg Patch in a statement.

Moor identified Antonio Hernandez Lopez as one of the arrestees and said the man had been arrested most recently in December of 2019 by Santa Rosa police and charged with inflicting corporal injury to spouse, DUI, and preventing a witness from reporting.

"Those charges are pending," Moor told the Healdsburg Patch. "He has a 2005 DUI conviction and a 2009 local ordinance conviction. He has been apprehended by U. S. Immigration officers four times between 2004 – 2007 and voluntarily returned to Mexico. He is in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings."

He said ICE agents also arrested Pedro Romero Aguirre.

"[Aguirre] has five criminal convictions spanning more than a decade, including: misdemeanor trespassing, driving without a license, misdemeanor DUI/alcohol, illegal entry, and most recently, Feb. 28, 2019 conviction for misdemeanor battery," Moor said. "In 2010, he was apprehended six times by U. S. Immigration officers. He voluntarily returned to Mexico three of those times and was order to be removed three subsequent times. He is in ICE custody pending removal."

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi, and County Counsel Bruce Goldstein were outraged by the arrests at the courthouse and issued a statement condemning them, the Healdsburg Patch reported.

"ICE detention actions have no place in the court building, where they have the effect of scaring away witnesses and victims, and undermines the District Attorney's Office ability to hold the guilty accountable and protect crime victims," Ravitch said.

Goldstein insisted the arrests were "lawless" and said they violated recently-passed state law, the Healdsburg Patch reported.

"Rather than protect our community, these immigration arrests undermine our system of justice," he complained.

Despite the outrage, ICE officials have given no indication that they plan to stop making arrests at California courthouses.

"Under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, California Assembly Bill 668 cannot and will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly-enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States," San Francisco's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Office Director David Jennings said. "Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities."

Comments (142)
Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Fucking State employees thought they were hot shit. Now they know their place and who they gonna call?

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Vote Republican. It's so important for the future of our children.

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We are going to Make America Even Greater.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Federal TRUMPS State every time

RRC4OU
RRC4OU

Legal immigrants, good. Illigal, criminal immigrants, bad. Get them out of America. And cut the Federal funds of sanctuary cities.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Before any libs hate on me. I'm a Hispanic U.S. citizen and I fully support illegal immigrants being deported especially those who want to commit crimes here. I don't mind my race being here if they come across legally, but I hate seeing any immigrants coming here without at least obtaining a passport.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I think y'all should all find somewhere else to be, personally.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Since I haven't committed any crimes, I'm a clean citizen unlike some others who can't seem to control themselves without people like ICE or LEOs. If someone wants to be a criminal, THEY should be the ones moving somewhere else. Just like those who hate this country.

BTW, I mentioned I'm Hispanic (by birth), I have Hispanic friends and family who (if they weren't born here) went through the process of being naturalized legally. Your comment has no place to stand.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Americans, even those who you proclaim "hate" this country, have more of a say on this. If you're well-behaved,that's fine. Just know your place.

I live in LA, so I see how your people treat other American-born minorities. The audacity of your behavior,especially being an immigrant, is astounding.

Ibizian
Ibizian

Don't listen to that fuktard. He's one of the worst resident TROLLS, yet HIS RACE kills more people than yours does.

I personally don't care what race someone is. If you come to this country ILLEGALLY then you are a CRIMINAL!!

Most LEGAL immigrants are so very thankful for the opportunity, unlike the millions of HCDs cousins who only robb, steal, rape and murder.. I kinda wish his people would do all 4 to him. Might shut him up..

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

My ex is a Mexican American. Born and bred here. His grandparents came over here legally and became citizens. He absolutely cannot stand illegals. He says that illegals give Mexicans a bad name.

sizzle937
sizzle937

You are brain dead

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

Nothing has changed with that clown since day one.

SAAM
SAAM

Welcome. This country needs more people who care about this country and a lot fewer people like Hi_estComnDenomn. If you havent figured it out he is the biggest racist on this site and hates anyone who isnt him.

PFCPyle
PFCPyle

I think 95% of the people agree with you. I've yet had a Democrat explain to me how they are not screwing the people who spend years and a lot of $ coming here legally.

Ron04
Ron04

My naturalized citizen friends take a harder line against illegals than those of us born here. THEY had to follow the law, wait their turn, pay their money- why should these pukes get preference just because they swam the Rio Grande or hikes across a desert?

Ron04
Ron04

I'm sorry but I don't understand your point.....

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Look whose talking You hate it here why don’t you go back to your mud hut country

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

No one does you’re not alone

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

This is my country though, visitor. We built this.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Not you

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Oh, so you came up with the Constitution, common law from Europe that we adopted into our law here in the States, built the schools I attended and the college that I've completed courses with too? I suppose it's possible that some African Americans built the schools I attended, that's fine, but it wasn't just your race involved in the building process. United WE Stand!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Black Americans are the reason America is a super power today. The entire infrastructure of the north and south were built upon the labor of blacks.

You've benefitted from their labor. Everyone in this country has benefitted from their labor. You're welcome.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

I get that people in your race suffer discrimination, and that people from your lineage were brought here as slaves.
Consider this though, if you choose to let that fire up your hatred for whites (especially white cops) everyone will continue to label you under a stereotype.
Not every white person are the same as those who are racist. Just like not every criminal is African American. How you choose to let the negativities of society affect you will determine your overall reaction.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

you're misunderstanding key points.

my upset isn't with white cops, it's with cops in general. there are no good cops. there are bad cops, and there are cops that let bad cops be bad. the good cops get drummed out of the police or left to hang by their friends. there are many, many videos of cops speaking out against bad cops, and their stories of how they were treated all rhyme with other stories.

Also, black folk have been turning the other cheek for decades, and it hasn't gotten us anywhere but our heroes shot. those that didn't like black people 50 years ago, raise children who don't like black people. so, if white supremacists are going to think however they will of me no matter how I act, my best bet is to treat them as a threat and act accordingly. notice I didn't say all whites. Just white supremacists and their supporters of any race.

JohDia22
JohDia22

😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 you’re so demented!!! I think you get off on stirring the pot and everyone ganging up on you! 😂😂😂 You love being gang banged I see 😂🤣!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Keep up the good work ICE! I don't want to pay for illegals out of my tax dollars!

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Those idiots are "concerned" about "keeping the community safe" by letting violent criminals run free? Am I the only one that sees the irony? It's just basically a bunch of criminals protecting criminals.

Also, who told commiefornia it was ok to circumvent federal laws? Was it Mad Max Waters? Or maybe the idiots on "The View"?

RdnkSinceBirth
RdnkSinceBirth

So sorry charlie....state laws dont mean shit when it comes to federal laws. If u r here illegally, be ready to get sent back to Mexico...or wherever u came from. 🤘🇺🇸🤘

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Now...since the politicians are breaking FEDERAL immigration laws, when do the FEDS start arresting them as well ??

Tchief
Tchief

This is such bullshit. When did it start being ok to break federal laws. California needs to pull their heads out of their asses. Honestly how stupid can people be?

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

First of all I do not mind if immigrants are in the US LEGALLY, but what pi$&es me off is these liberal minded quacks that defy federal law. They need to start putting some as$&s in jail for aiding and harboring these people that are here illegally. They need to start with blooming idiot Governor and work there way down. Furthermore officials should be made to refund all of the taxpayers money that has been given to these illegal immigrants for housing and healthcare.
Lastly another thing that pis$&s me off is to see a illegal immigrant paying for stuff with a EBT card and can not speak a word of English. I am a firm believer if you come to the US to live a new life you speak English or you can’t come in to stay. In my son’s class they have to stop class in order translate to kids that don’t speak English or the kids that speak some English have to translate to the parents that can’t speak it. This is crazy to me!!

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

My personal opinion is if you have already deported the guy four times then make this time permanent. It doesn't matter what size bullet you use and maybe it will deter others from coming back or crossing in the first place. If one time doesn't do it keep up the work until the illegals get the hint.

Driver360
Driver360

Good! The FEDS should be in every courthouse. The state wants to defy federal law... Then this is what happens. This is a country of LAW and ORDER. TRUMP isn't after the taco vendor, he's after the criminal illegal alien. Be safe everyone!

investigator
investigator

Yaaaaaay for ICE!!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

3 cheers for ICE!!!👍

NFPD103
NFPD103

About time !!!!!!!

OldVet
OldVet

California is a state when they want to be (ie Aid for fires and flooding) but special when it suits their purpose. Federal law always trumps state law. PERIOD.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Finally someone with a set is standing up for these lawless, baseless and stupid liberals who think they are and have sole authority. State law cannot and does not supersede federal law. It can meet it and exceed it, but not nullify it.

JBoH
JBoH

Make sure that wall includes California.

hoss377
hoss377

Good for the feds,what i would to see happen is ALL of the illegal foreign nationals caught get sent to California,and cut ALL federal aid to the state.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Arrest anyone here illegally. I don't care if they have kids or anything else. If an American citizen does something illegal they are arrested and forced to face the circumstances despite how many kids they might have. It's as if some of these politicians haven't looked up the word illegal. They seem to think it means the person has done nothing wrong. As for those illegals who've repeatedly been sent back. Give them a couple of years at hard labor before sending them back and put them to work building the wall. And if they know they'll be spending years in prison if they keep coming back maybe they'll stop. Anyone here illegally shouldn't get food stamps, welfare or anything else. We have homeless veterans on our streets but are housing and feeding people who are in our country illegally. Let them have to stay in homeless shelters and eat at soup kitchens, get medical care at free clinics. It's good enough for people born here who've fallen on hard times. I'm all for having someone wanting a better life coming here legally and being a good productive citizen. But if you sneak in you're a criminal and deserve to be treated as one.

CelticMI6
CelticMI6

Excellent

LynnSB
LynnSB

Learn the chain of command asshole Federal government federal laws always out trumps state your dumbass great Governor you guys have there in California is about as dumb as a goddamn door knob

Raygb
Raygb

Good for them! Keep it up... screw Newsom!!!

Ron04
Ron04

Perhaps if these multiple offenders weren't in country, there wouldn't BE as many "witnesses and victims" !!!!

Rj's
Rj's

LOL make it about The President It the Federal Law, The constitution get a clue.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Remember, it's those illegals that voted in the 'Sanctuary' administratio ........and the deceased.

merlin9
merlin9

Catch 'em, and send them to Black Dolphin.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT!!!!!!!!
Now lock up ALL OF THE DEMO RAT POLITICANS !!!!!!!!!!