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 (141)
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

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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.

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.

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Woobie46
Woobie46

OK, someone has to ask: What is black dolphin?

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

The notorious "Black Dolphin" is the high-security prison on the Kazakhstan border that houses the country's most brutal criminals, including serial killers, cannibals, and terrorists.

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

I've always thought it would be great to have an inmate exchange program so that the whiney babies in California pens can go to jail in Afghanistan. Fifty guys in a cell and they all have guns. Go ahead, tell them your waffle is cold, I dare you!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

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

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

These immigration arrests undermine our system of justice????? They are breaking federal laws by having sanctuary cities in the first place ,and even those involved in making these laws,
should be charged with breaking Federal laws

YOWHIP
YOWHIP

Cut off federal aid to this sanctuary state

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

Either you are a nation of laws or you aren't!

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

All of this to have voters that primarily vote for only one side, the hell with the safety of the country and we citizens. I honestly do not know how these politicians sleep at night.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

Hey Newsome, watch this, the fed cops are here, sit down and shut up, you were TRUMPED, by the feds!

mbfritz
mbfritz

Do not listen to one thing he says-he's arrogant, racist, patronizing, rude & ignorant. Thank you for coming to our country the legal way! 😉

Formerblue
Formerblue

So when can a state just defy federal law ? Maybe not pay federal income tax...what else? ICE baby ICE !

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

Cali is once again proving that it is the land of fruits and nuts.

George P
George P

God Bless ICE.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Let California succeed and become its own Communist Country, then we can attack it and depose the government just like Hillary did in Libya.

Heathenp226
Heathenp226

Well ain’t that just fucking great. Bought time the feds started putting the hand across the state of California’s face. Let them know who is charge. I say we just set a ton a demo charges at the border and blow their asses into the ocean. Then we will have an island of idiots who can do what they want and not worry about them.

StevenPF
StevenPF

By what excuse for logic does arresting people that commit multiple crimes NOT related to immigration discourage VICTIMS of those crimes from testifying?

Tomnxn
Tomnxn

California needs to learn they aren't so flippin special. State law does not supersede Federal law. Let the puke governor and his cronies like the prosecutor throw their fits. Then arrest them for interfering with a Federal investigtion. Better yet, extend the wall to include California, and refuse to let any of them in to the country without a valid green card!

RMeakins
RMeakins

Great job ICE. You have received thumbs up from most people. I wish other Federal Officers DEA would do the same and smash those violating Federal laws on the possession of marijuana. That being in every state that has legalized it.

countrytiger
countrytiger

about time they need to do more arrest in california

RetLE
RetLE

Thank you ICE and the other Federal agencies that are protecting us. Our State (Ca.) is out of control with these liberal minded assholes. Our Gov. just reinstated the health care penalty. Screw him (Newsom). I will pay a penalty before I pay for health care that I can not use. 1200.00 mo/ 70/30 coverage $ $15,000.00 deductible. Really? If I were an illegal 18-26 male our Gov. gives you health care for free. So, Thank you President Donald J. Trump. I pray you are sentenced to another 4 years as my President! Please arrest our Gov. for violating Federal Law and depart his liberal ass. God Bless you and our great country.

motionlessplane
motionlessplane

I noticed a lot of comments stating that Federal law always trumps state law. This is incorrect. However, I agree with all of the comments saying ice did the right thing. The way the law works or at least is supposed to work in this country is: any law, whether state or Federal, that is not pursuant to the constitution has no weight or force and should be treated as if it were never passed. Checks and balances…

motionlessplane
motionlessplane

Lot of comments stating Federal law trumps state law. This is incorrect. However, I agree with all of the comments saying ice did the right thing. The way the law works or at least is supposed to work in this country is: any law, whether state or Federal, that is not pursuant to the constitution has no weight or force and should be treated as if it were never passed. Checks and balances…

motionlessplane
motionlessplane

Lot of comments stating Federal law trumps state law. This is incorrect. However, I agree with all of the comments saying ice did the right thing. The way the law works or at least is supposed to work in this country is: any law, whether state or Federal, that is not pursuant to the constitution has no weight or force and should be treated as if it were never passed. Checks and balances…

motionlessplane
motionlessplane

Lot of comments stating Federal law trumps state law. This is incorrect. However, I agree with all of the comments saying ice did the right thing. The way the law works or at least is supposed to work in this country is: any law, whether state or Federal, that is not pursuant to the constitution has no weight or force and should be treated as if it were never passed. Checks and balances…

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

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