A federal judge has dismissed the most serious charge of ‘criminal sexual activity' against a Michigan "doctor"
charged in the first female genital mutilation (FGM) case in the US.
US District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman dropped
the count - the most severe charge Dr (sic) Jumana Nagarwala was facing as it carried a sentence of up to life in prison -
reducing the counts from seven to six.
The prosecution alleges that Nagarwala performed FGM on two 7-year-old girls
from Minnesota last February 2017 in Livonia, Michigan. Eight people have been charged in relation to the case, one of which
is Dr (sic) Fakhruddin Attar, who allegedly allowed Nagarwala to perform the procedure in his clinic.
Silverman went on to claim that she was so shaken inside from seeing the horror of someone raising
an American flag in their front yard that she had to call her sister in Israel for help.
“I had no idea why
I was freaking out,” she continued before directly using a well-known propaganda technique to connect two ideas that
have absolutely nothing to do with each other but allow the left to continue to attack both the president and his tens of
millions of supporters.
“My sister was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think
about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance, these things tend to ring a bell for us,’” she said.
Of course. Duh. It made sense. And it made me realize that the things that terrify some people are the same things that give
other people great comfort. It’s like the way the sight of a police car might give some people comfort, for instance,
That’s right, Silverman openly connected the idea of American nationalism with Nazi Germany
as if the two have anything remotely to do with each other. Keep in mind her show itself is called, “I Love You America”.
Make no mistake, this is a purposeful deception aimed at convincing otherwise patriotic Americans that showing their patriotism
could not only hurt the feelings of others, it could show your connection to racism.
The complete moral inversion of the left is on display.
Joan Walsh, formerly
of Salon, lately of The Nation and MSNBC, is a fixture of the pretentious journalistic left, so certain of its moral superiority.
I have to assume that Trump Derangement Syndrome had something to do with two disgraceful tweets she posted (hat tip:
Will Racke, DCNF).
In an era where enforcing immigration law is called “racist,” maybe it should be no surprise
to see a person with a big soapbox launching the notion that ICE is worse than MS-13, currently in the news, as the national affairs correspondent of The Nation and MSNBC political analyst surely knows.
But we also live in
an era of assassinations of law enforcement officers based on the presumptions underlying Walsh’s tweets.
Note: For more on Joan Walsh, see here.]
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) denounced President Donald Trump on Saturday as a “major criminal” who must be
peacefully “eliminated” and brought to his knees after Democrats take back the House of Representatives and
begin the impeachment process.
What we’re about to show you is the true nature of the groups actively working to ensure that America remains
divided. The above Facebook post by Councilman Berzoff-Cohen deceptively telling the citizens of Baltimore that the march was organized by Baltimore’s youth demonstrates a harrowing reality: operatives are trying
to undermine the system. Such operatives receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from organizations dedicated to undermining the social cohesion of the United States and have infiltrated even
local city politics. From this report, and the exclusive video captured on-site at the protest, you
will see firsthand just how deeply George Soros’ Open Society Foundation is entrenched in our political system, even at the municipal and local levels.
. . . shows throngs of anti-Trump, pro-immigration protestors bused into a protest on Eastern Avenue. Footage
depicts protestors stepping off of unmarked buses and entering the site of the protest.
> Stores in MASSIVE Move... But Look What the Media's Hiding > by Top Right News on June 1, 2017 > > by Brian Hayes | Top Right News > > President Trump unleashed ICE once again this week, this time > deploying its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit, along with > the DEA to arrest dozens of convenience
store owners across 4 states. > Over 60 people were arrested, and already 35 of them have been > indicted
by a Federal grand jury, with federal conspiracy charges for > money laundering, distributing controlled substances
and trafficking > contraband cigarettes. > > > The AP carried this story: The suspects conspired
for more than 2 > years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, a low tax market, > while transporting
and distributing > them in Chicago, Illinois, and New Jersey, which are high tax markets. > The store owners
are accused of using several convenience stores that > they operated to create the appearance of legal cigarette purchases. > Illegal profits form the contraband cigarette sales were laundered > through accounts associated with the stores,
and used to manufacture > and distribute illegal controlled substances. > > A synthetic drug, K-2,
was sold every day from a handful of the > convenience stores. Authorities said the store owners manufactured >
synthetic drugs themselves by importing chemicals from China. "The > collaboration with our federal and local
law enforcement partners is > the key to breaking criminal enterprises in this area," said Special >
Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons of HSI Chicago. > > "Synthetic drugs that are sold as substitutes for
cocaine and > methamphetamine, are neither legal nor safe," said James P. Shroba, > Special Agent in
Charge of the DEA St. Louis Division. "These > substances were never intended for human consumption and only
serve to > satisfy the avarice of the seller." If convicted, the defendants face > a maximum of five
to 20 years in prison and the a $1 million dollar > fine. > > But here's what the Associated "Press"
didn't think you needed to > know...the names of those indicted. > See if you notice any pattern... > Mohammed Almuttan, aka Abu Ali, 35, St. Louis, MO > Rami Almuttan, aka Abu Louay, 33, St. Louis, MO >
Hisham Mutan, aka Abu Mohamed, 41, St. Louis, MO > Saddam Mutan, aka Abu Ali, 24, St. Louis, MO > Mazin Abdelsalam,
aka Abu Mohammad, 38, St. Louis, MO > Najeh Muhana, aka Abu Yazan, 41, Fairview, NJ > Fares Muhana, aka Abu
Yamama, 40, Cliffside Park, NJ > Ayoub Qaiymah, aka Abu Faysal, 23, Richmond, VA > Naser Abid, 23, Chicago,
IL > Yadgar Barzanji, aka Abu Siver, 47, St. Louis, MO > Wafaa Alwan, 50, St. Louis, MO > Ahmed Abuali,
aka Bazilla, 31, North Bergen, NJ > Mohammed Kayed, aka Mohammed Fayez, 21, Clifton, NJ > Momen Abuali, 20,
Little Ferry, NJ > Firat Sevindik, 42, Cliffside Park, NJ > Mohammed Mustafa, 30, North Bergen, NJ >
Mohammad Karashqah, Abu Yazid, 47, North Bergen, NJ > Fayez Sheikha, 46, Mishawaka, IN > Jihad Shihadeh, Abu
Malik, 58, Chicago Ridge, IL > Ismael Abadi, 57, Carol Stream, IL > Abed Hamed, Abed Fawzan, 39, Greenville,
NC > Maher Hamed, Abu Alazara, 33, Swansea, IL > Abdel Adi, 25, Oak Lawn, IL > Muhanad Khatib, Abu
Alamin, 36, Chicago, IL > Eyad Awad, 38, Chicago, IL > Ismael Mustafa, 60, Kankakee, IL > Hayder Al
Fatli, 40, St. Louis, MO > Kutlay Guvener, 35, Chicago, IL > Saad Al Mallak, 30, Dittmer, MO > Hassan
Abdelatif, 29, Collinsville, IL > Mahajir Naz, 32, St. Louis, MO > Talal Abuajaj, 23, St. Louis, MO >
Basem Hamdan, aka Abu Ramiz, 57, St. Louis, MO > Zainal Saleh, 29, St. Louis, MO and > Ibrahim Awad, 39, St.
Louis, MO > > > That's right...every single one of the 35 men indicted is Muslim. > Nothing
to see here, huh? And there's more. According to sources, "at > least 20" of the men are being held
on additional "immigration > detainees" by ICE. That means they are "suspected illegal aliens." > The AP didn't feel you needed to know that either. I'm sure it just > slipped their minds. This is
just the latest in a continuing series > of Muslim-owned convenience store criminal enterprises. > >
As TRN reported, in 2015 state authorities in Alabama uncovered a > massive, EBT-for-terrorism scheme in which Muslim-owned
convenience > stores exploited the U.S. welfare system to fund ISIS: The massive > probe, dubbed Operation
T-bone, targeted those they say have been > cheating the food stamp system to the tune of hundreds of thousands of > dollars and sending the profits via wire transfer to Yemen, some of > which is suspected to have funded Islamic
State (ISIS) terrorist > activity. > > > And back then it was the Alabama D.A. who led the
investigation - not > the Obama keystone cops, who strangely had nothing to do with that > bust. > > All 11 stores shut down by authorities were Muslim-owned. > There is a long history of Muslims using welfare
systems for criminal > activity, as well as purposely abusing the system. As we reported in > 2013, a prominent
Muslim cleric called on Muslim immigrants in Western > nations to purposely collect government welfare as a so-called
"Jihad > Seeker's Allowance." But during the last 8 years the Obama > Administration has neglected
the problem, whether deliberately or from > incompetence. > It's nice to see the new administration is
not wasting any time in > bringing these criminals to justice
In the summer of 2016, a 5-year-old girl was raped and urinated upon by three Muslim refugee boys in Twin Falls,
Idaho. Since then, instead of getting justice, the victim’s family has been abused by law enforcement and governing
authorities as if they were the criminals – because what happened to their little girl contradicts the politically
correct narrative about Muslim migrants. On Tuesday, it got even worse.
The opposition Democrats have chosen undocumented immigrant Astrid Silva to deliver the party's response in Spanish.
In total, more than a half a dozen Democrats from the House and Senate are inviting undocumented immigrants who are currently
protected under the DACA program, including Ami Bera (D-California), Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Jerrold Nadler (D-New York),
Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), Nanette Barragan (D-California), and Lou Correa (D-California). When so-called "lawmakers"
side with law breakers and put them above the American citizens they supposedly represent, and have the audacity to prefer
Spanish over English to deliver their message, our country is in great danger.
A January 26 editorial titled “‘I Think Islam Hates Us’” informed readers the Trump administration “reportedly is
considering designating the Muslim Brotherhood, which is involved in Muslim politics in a number of countries, as a terrorist
organization. Some experts see the move as a chance for the Trump administration to limit Muslim political activity in the
The Times’ advocacy for the Brotherhood is particularly noteworthy since it separately
posted a full Arabic document from 1991 in which an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood member set forth a strategy for “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within,” with emphasis on operations inside the
Addressing the Brotherhood’s support for the electoral process and purportedly becoming a political organization,
an extensive report on the Brotherhood by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at Israel’s Center for Special
Studies explained the group’s use of some tools of democracy to advance the aim of achieving a world ruled by Sharia
law, which is by definition anti-democratic.
According to CBS4 News—a news outlet based in Miami—Carnival is eliminating 200 jobs from its IT department.
On the surface, this would be bad news for workers and potentially good news for investors if they are cost-cutting measures.
However, there is much more to the story. One, slashing headcount usually only has a positive impact for the short term.
Over the long haul, it negatively impacts company morale, leads to reduced production, and market share losses. Two, in this specific case, the people losing their jobs are being guaranteed six months of employment with Capgemini
– a French firm that describes itself as a “global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services.”
The catch is that if the Carnival employees don’t sign, they will lose their jobs, and if they do sign, they will be
participating in “knowledge transfer activities.”
[Last] Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” report, which highlights hiring practices in the law enforcement community. In the report. the DOJ discusses problems
associated with diversifying police forces, claiming racial diversity is more important than being a law-abiding citizen.
Researchers and practitioners have also highlighted that the use of criminal background checks,
which are a regular part of the screening process for many agencies, is likely to disproportionately impact racial minority
applicants since, for a variety of reasons [actually, for one reason: they commit more crime], individuals from those communities
are more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system.
Since the only real criterion is not
to be a white male, and white males are less likely to have criminal records, then obviously checking into the criminal histories
of potential law enforcement officers would be counterproductive.
Do you want an understanding of where so much of society’s problems originated
and how things went radically wrong in everything from culture to family life to politics?
You’ll find out from
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing ...
The film is no less than riveting. By the brilliant team of Richard and Stephen
Payne, the father-son filmmakers who head Arcadia Films, it explores the life and beliefs of one Saul Alinsky, often called
the father of community organizing.
You can purchase the movie at its website or watch it on EWTN on the evening of October 1.
The US bought and paid for parts of Mexico that is now US territory. These people should be protesting the Mexican government.
For selling parts of their country, for getting rich from collaboration with drug cartels, for shooting immigrants on their
SOUTHERN border. Just think how ticked off Mexico would be if we adopted THEIR immigration laws and border policy. [Reader comment]
Pope Francis, apparently desperate to reach out to the Catholic Church’s growing base in Latin America, spent
the day slapping Americans in the face from across the US-Mexico border.
In Ciudad Juarez, one of the most violent
cities in the Western Hemisphere thanks to the drug cartels, the pope walked up a ramp covered in flowers toward a cross
“erected… in memory of migrants who have perished trying flee their Hispanic failed states,” according to Reuters.
So-called "Dreamers" or
DACA children offer a snapshot of their anti-White hatred being inculcated into their young minds by anti-American,
Marxist, Fidel Castro-type "leaders." These kids will be the Robert Mugabes of the 21st century, trained to
destroy what White Europeans built in North America, only to replace it with mirror images of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Puerto
Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that
is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds
the US Defense Department.
This week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees quietly attached
a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would mandate the handover of a large tract of Tonto National
Forest to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining company Rio Tinto, which co-owns with Iran a
uranium mine in Africa and which is 10-percent-owned by China.
The “Carl Levin and Howard
P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015” - named after the retiring
chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services panels - includes the giveaway of Apache burial, medicinal, and ceremonial
grounds currently within the bounds of Tonto. News of the land provision was kept under wraps until late Tuesday, when the bill was finally posted online.
The land proposed to be given to Resolution Copper, in exchange for
other lands, includes prime territory Apaches have used for centuries to gather medicinal plants and acorns, and it is near
a spot known as Apache Leap, a summit that Apaches jumped from to avoid being killed by settlers in the late 19th century.
Lands included in the plan will stop 1,500 feet short of Apache Leap and will not initially include
an area known as Oak Flats, though, when it comes to the oaks, contradictory legal parameters are but a minor hurdle for
a company like Resolution Copper to eventually drill there.
The Wall Street Journal has a front page op-ed piece parading as a "report" or "story" which discusses
the "frustration" the "titans" of Silicon Valley have with the rule of law, enforcement of immigration
laws, and failure of Congress to pander to illegal aliens.
A group of Silicon Valley technology leaders, impatient with attempts to rewrite immigration laws, is funding efforts
to help undocumented youths attend college, find jobs and stay in the country despite their illegal status.
includes Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot; and the family foundations of Andrew Grove, co-founder of Intel Corp.; and Mark Leslie, founder of the former Veritas Software Corp. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, has for years supported undocumented students through her organizations that help low-income high-school students.
A full court press is being waged by the Department of Justice (sic) and the Mexican consulates with the aid of the NCLR, ACLU,
SPLC, MALDEF, Casa de Maryland, and countless other Mexican-backed organizations to sue state, local, and national officials
in order to make it a crime to stop illegal aliens from taking over the United States.
Following are news items that show the tactics used by Hispanics and Mexican Fifth Column front organizations to thwart
civic officials, police, and citizens in their efforts to keep America for Americans and not illegal aliens.
It was my very good bud, Martha Lich, work in Gypsum. We are trying to determine the best method to counter CIRC's
activities in the Roaring Fork valley.
Here's today's follow up story:
CIRC: Hold public forum on racial
profiling School resource officer no longer working for ICE email@example.com">John Stroud Post Independent Staff Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado http://www.postindependent.com/article/20110922/VALLEYNEWS/110929977/1083&ParentProfile=1074 CARBONDALE, Colorado - An immigrant rights group that has accused Carbondale's school resource police officer of racial
profiling in his dual work with federal immigration enforcement agents is standing behind its claims. The group is also calling
for a community forum to discuss the issue.
"We believe it's obvious that the town and the police chief need
to hear from more folks on this," said Brendan Greene, Rocky Mountain Region organizer for the Colorado Immigrant Rights
"We're happy to have this debate, and to open the debate up to the community," he said.
a statement issued on Monday, Greene's organization accused Carbondale Police Officer Alvaro Agon, 26, of using his position
as the local school resource officer (SRO) to profile Latino students and their families for possible criminal and immigration
violations, then turning them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials.
"We stand behind the claims
that we have made, and believe it is having an impacting, chilling effect in the schools," Greene said.
for the past 3 1/2 years with the Carbondale Police Department and a native of Columbia, Agon had also worked as a liaison
with ICE up until about six months ago, his attorney, Tom Adgate, said.
"He did have a relationship with ICE for
approximately six months, up until about six months ago," Adgate said. "He no longer works for ICE."
said the allegations of racial profiling have been looked into by Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling and are unfounded.
He has asked for a public apology from CIRC, and has pledged to file a defamation of character lawsuit against CIRC and Greene
if Agon's name is not cleared.
But Greene has refused to back down.
"We stand 100 percent behind our
allegations, based on the concerns that have been brought to us by the community," Greene said. "We believe this
officer's actions are inappropriate, and we strongly feel the truth will speak for itself over time."
more than two dozen statements collected from Latino families by a local student advocacy group. The statements, he said,
provide evidence that Agon has targeted immigrant students and questioned them about their parents' immigration status.
along with the student group Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos en Accion (AJUA), made up of Roaring Fork Valley high school students,
are calling for Agon to be removed from the SRO position and suspended from the police force pending further investigation
of the charges.
"This is a big issue in the community, and it's a debate we are willing to have," Greene
said. "We want an opportunity for people to come and speak, whether they support officer Agon or oppose this collaboration
that has been occurring."
A specific date, time and location for the planned forum has yet to be determined, he
According to Chief Schilling, Agon has been the department's designated SRO since shortly after he was hired
The Roaring Fork School District contributes $15,000 to each of the SRO positions in Carbondale, Basalt and
Glenwood Springs. That amount covers roughly a quarter of Agon's wages, Schilling said.
Schilling acknowledged that
the SROs are part of a task force working with ICE to identify and guard against possible gang activity and recruitment in
the schools and in the larger community.
"They were concerned about gangs recruiting and being in our schools,
so the SROs were the likely person to include with that task force," he said.
He said the accusations against Agon
surfaced about four months ago, and he agreed to meet with the group and look into the charges. Agon is currently taking some
vacation time and is not on duty, Schilling said.
Schilling and Adgate both point to what they believe to be broad
community support for Agon, including school faculty members who work closely with him. After CIRC issued its statement earlier
this week, several school officials spoke out in his defense.
Adgate said that, in general, Agon's police work involved
targeting suspects for possible criminal activities. Never was the focus on a suspect's immigration status, he said.
never find a case where Alvaro was pursuing someone just based on immigration violations," he said. "ICE doesn't
go after someone unless there is criminal activity involved."
As for the accusations against Agon, "There
may be a criminal element in the Latino community that doesn't like Alvaro ... I guess because he's doing his job,"
Adgate said. "But the majority of the Latino community supports him."
Criminal gang activity was also said
to be the focus of a joint operation between ICE and local law enforcement agencies at the Strawberry Days carnival in Glenwood
Springs last June, which CIRC also strongly criticized.
Agon was present when three arrests were made June 18 at the
carnival venue at the Glenwood Springs Mall. The suspects were ultimately detained for immigration violations.
was recently named as one of several defendants in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of one of the men who was
"Defendant Agon works as an ICE informant, and uses the information he obtains and relationships he builds
in his capacity as a school resource officer to support ICE enforcement operations," alleges the lawsuit, filed by Glenwood
Springs attorney Ted Hess for the family of Julio Alvarez-Cortez.
firstname.lastname@example.org On Thu, Sep 22,
2011 at 11:23 AM, wrote:
I'm very impressed with your research. You're way ahead of the curve compared to me.
Please keep me updated.
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 4:42:05 AM Subject: Re: Lawsuit filed
over ICE arrest in Glenwood Springs | SkyHiDailyNews.com
I'm working with my West Slope partner on this and
another situation over there.
Police officer Alvaro Agon is a LEGAL immigrant- born in
Colombia, came to the U.S. legally - September of that year, he joined the police in Carbondale and is a ICE liaison.
Turner, school counselor at Carbondale Middle School, called the allegations against Agon "outrageous." email@example.com Post Independent reporter John Stroud firstname.lastname@example.org Police officers attorney, Tom Adgate 1 (970) 963-7169
Fork Valley School board
Bob Johnson email@example.com Debbie Bruell firstname.lastname@example.org William
Lamont email@example.com Richard Stettner firstname.lastname@example.org Myles Rovig email@example.com@rfsd.k12.co.us
de Jovenes Unidos en Accion (AJUA) (They have a White House blog btw--) (FaceBook, they are entwinned--> --Asociacion
de Jovenes Unidos en Accion (A.J.U.A.) & Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (C.I.R.C.)
PS Almost 60% of Carbondale
residents are immigrants, according to Census Data. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latin American Herald Tribune Colorado Cop on School Duty Accused of Snooping for Immigration
Post Independent Carbondale school officer accused of racial profiling 11:54am
A statewide immigrant rights group is accusing Carbondale's
school resource police officer of using his position to profile local Latino students and their families for possible immigration
violations and turning them over to federal agents.
However, Carbondale town officials and staff members in the town's
schools who work closely with Carbondale Police Officer Alvaro Agon have been quick to defend him. Attorney, Tom Adgate, for
Agon also said he's prepared to file a defamation of character lawsuit against the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
(CIRC) and its area representative, unless a public apology is issued.
"We believe Alvaro is using his capacity
as school resource officer to investigate immigrant children and their families, whom he then turns over to ICE," Greene
said in the release. Greene said that members of the Roaring Fork Valley student advocacy group Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos
en Accion (AJUA) have been collecting testimonies for the past year from Latino families, providing evidence of Agon's
actions, he said. Specifically, Greene accused Agon of targeting students who are Latino, or appear to be from immigrant families,
and questioning them about their parents' immigration status.
"We turned in 28 statements to [Carbondale Police
Chief Gene Schilling] supporting our claim," Greene told the Post Independent.
Agon was named as one of several
defendants from area law enforcement agencies in a federal lawsuit that was filed in connection with one of the immigration
arrests that occurred at the Strawberry Days carnival in Glenwood Springs earlier this year.
Greene said Agon's
alleged "double duty" as a school resource officer and ICE liaison creates a conflict of interest and a breach of
trust with students in Carbondale schools, more than 60 percent of whom are of Latin American descent.
Agon asked my little brothers, 6 and 7 years old, if my mom or stepdad have papers," Denise Soto, a student at Bridges
High School in Carbondale, claimed in a statement that was included in CIRC's press release. "He sat outside my house
waiting to see who would be driving, in order to pull them over because they don't have papers. He has tried to deport
my parents. ... He does not make me feel safe."
On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 12:47 AM, S. Byron Gassaway wrote:
U.S. has been infected with the legal equivalent of the AIDS virus. This kind of lawsuit is insane.
SPRINGS, Colorado - A lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of the family of one of the men arrested and detained
on immigration charges during what law enforcement officials said was a "gang enforcement operation" over Strawberry
Days weekend this summer.
The lawsuit was filed Sept. 1 in U.S. District Court by Glenwood Springs attorney Ted Hess
for plaintiffs Julio Alvarez-Cortez, his wife Lorenza Morales-Alvarez, an adult son, Emmanuel Ruiz, and two minor children.
as defendants in the case are Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents
Steve Turza and Chris Carter, three Garfield County sheriff's deputies and a Carbondale police officer.
alleges that the joint law enforcement operation set up at the Strawberry Days carnival in the Glenwood Springs Mall parking
lot the weekend of June 18 was unconstitutional and amounted to an "unlawful immigration sweep for Latino men."
claims the "sweep" violated the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and ICE's own regulations.
was one of three men detained and ultimately arrested for immigration violations and other charges June 18 after they were
contacted for allegedly displaying gang colors. They were also questioned about their immigration status.
as part of the operation were Alvarez-Cortez's brother, Cesar Alvarez-Cortez, and David Centeno.
said at the time that the men were contacted as part of local law enforcement's cooperation with ICE's Operation Community
Shield Gang Task Force.
"The mission is to identify gang members and prosecute them either locally or federally,"
Vallario said at the time.
However, the lawsuit says the federal and local agents overstepped their bounds and carried
out an unjustified and potentially dangerous operation in a crowded setting. That violated an ICE directive not to conduct
such operations in sensitive locations where families and children are likely to be present, according to the lawsuit.
is not significant Latino gang activity in Garfield County ... and no history of significant gang activity at past Strawberry
Days festivals," the lawsuit claims.
Both Julio and Cesar Alvarez-Cortez were wearing sports jerseys and caps when
they were questioned by police officers. The men were asked to accompany the officers to an ICE command trailer that had been
set up at the carnival grounds for further questioning, purportedly about a fight that had occurred the night before.
at the command trailer, no questions were asked about the fight, the lawsuit claims, but the brothers were detained on charges
of being in the United States illegally.
During the incident, Lorenza Alvarez, who was seven months pregnant at the
time, tried to intercede but began experiencing medical problems and had to be taken to the hospital. Her husband, Julio Alvarez-Cortez,
remains in the custody of ICE pending immigration proceedings.
The lawsuit acknowledges that ICE can legally approach
suspected gang members and attempt to gain immigration-related information with the person's consent.
agents have no authority to deputize local law enforcement officers to encounter and detain suspected gang members and turn
them over to ICE," the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit requests a jury trial to determine compensation for damages
related to wrongful seizure, profiling and discrimination based on national origin and violation of constitutional rights,
among other claims.
On Friday, Vallario said he had not yet been made aware of the lawsuit and said a comment would
Carl Rusnok, ICE director of communications, Central Region, also declined comment on the lawsuit specifically.
Following the June arrests, Rusnok said the operation was carried out in a discrete manner and did not cause undue disruption
of the festival.
The operation was also highly criticized by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, which also said
it violated ICE procedures.
Mexican consulates work with Boulder "authorities"
to make it a crime to threaten illegal aliens with deportation, making the citizens the criminals and the illegal aliens the
Police: Abigail Jane Suber threatened driver with call to immigration authorities By Erica Meltzer Camera Staff Writer Posted: 07/06/2011 04:54:42 PM MDT
Abigail Jane Suber's booking photo A Boulder woman has been charged with
felony extortion after police said she threatened a Longmont couple with calling immigration authorities if they didn't
pay her money after a car accident in which she was at fault.
The case started back in April when Abigail Jane Suber,
28, of Boulder, and Hector Holguin-Perez, 41, of Longmont, were involved in a minor car accident near the intersection of
24th and Pearl streets in Boulder.
Holguin-Perez and his wife, Irma Hernandez, told Boulder police that Suber threatened
to call immigration authorities if they did not admit fault in the accident and pay her $400. Later, Suber demanded $800,
Suber said she offered to settle the matter privately at the request of Holguin-Perez and Hernandez, only
to have them stop payment on the checks.
In a written statement she gave to police, Hernandez said she got a call from
her husband, who does not speak English, that a woman had hit him with her truck. Holguin-Perez then asked his wife if she
could come to the scene because he didn't understand what the woman was saying.
Hernandez said that when she arrived,
Suber asked for Hernandez's driver's license, wrote down her information, then told her Hernandez should say that
she was driving and that it was her fault. If Hernandez didn't pay Suber $400, she would call immigration, the report
Hernandez said Suber asked her if she wanted her 5-year-old son to grow up without his father and said she pays
a lot every month on her truck, a 2011 Toyota Tacoma.
According to the police report, Holguin-Perez had insurance for
his Chevrolet van, but no driver's license. His immigration status is not clear.
Hernandez wrote two post-dated
checks to Suber for a total of $400, she told police.
In an interview with the Camera, Hernandez said she didn't
feel good about the incident because she knew the accident wasn't her husband's fault. She called an attorney she
knew through her work cleaning houses. He advised her to cancel the checks and talk to police.
The attorney referred
her to Brandt Milstein, an attorney who frequently represented immigrants who haven't been paid for their work. He put
her in touch with the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, where attorneys asked her to make a police report.
extortion statutes explicitly include threatening to report someone to immigration as a crime.
Hernandez told police
Suber became angry after she canceled the checks and demanded $800 for the repairs, plus $30 for the canceled checks.
left a voicemail message for Hernandez confirming her address and saying she was sending police and immigration to get her
husband, Hernandez told officers. Hernandez saved the message and gave it to police, the report said.
Suber could not
be reached for comment, but in a written statement included in the police report, she said no blackmail occurred. Suber said
Hernandez and Holguin-Perez wanted to settle the matter privately without involving the police because Holguin-Perez is not
here legally, then stopped payment on the checks without warning her. That caused Suber to be fined by her bank.
said she told Hernandez she was seeking legal advice about the stopped checks and gave her another chance to work it out.
then spoke to her about having the police involved and speaking to an immigration lawyer," Suber wrote. "I feel
that I was lied to and taken advantage (of). He had no right to be driving on a public road. He has no license and is therefore
According to the police report, Holguin-Perez said he backed up out of a parking lot and was pulling
forward when Suber, who was backing up, struck him on the rear passenger side of his van.
Suber told police both vehicles
were backing up when they struck each other.
The damage to both vehicles was consistent with Holguin-Perez's account,
Officer Sharon Ramos wrote in the report.
"The damage was minimal in that the bumper was very slightly pushed in
on the left side and very hard to notice," the report said of Suber's truck.
There were noticeable scrapes
and a dent on Holguin-Perez's vehicle.
A warrant was issued for Suber's arrest on May 27. She was booked into
the Boulder County Jail on June 20. She was formally charged with extortion last week.
Boulder police spokeswoman Kim
Kobel said if Holguin-Perez did not have a license, he would have been ticketed -- if police had been called to the scene
of the original accident. However, the felony accusation against Suber supercedes a traffic infraction.
the victim of a felony with a misdemeanor traffic violation would discourage other crime victims from coming forward in the
future," Kobel said.
Boulder police did not investigate Holguin-Perez's immigration status because he was not
arrested, Kobel said. Under state law, Boulder makes a report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement only when a person is
both under arrest and there is probable cause to believe they are in the country illegally.
Hernandez said she had been
afraid of Suber, but she is glad the police took the matter seriously.
"People need to speak up and not stay quiet,"
she told the Camera in Spanish. "The police are here to help people. I've lived in Boulder for 21 years, so I had
confidence they would do their job well."
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