U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested over 150 people in the San Francisco Bay Area beginning on Sunday. One day earlier, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf had warned the illegal immigrant community that the raids were coming, saying: “I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them. My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable.” Despite her interference, ICE still nabbed a lot of people.
What type of person did they arrest? If you don’t read very far into an article from CBS San Francisco Bay Area, you would think: Family men. That’s who they arrested. The article is titled Family Heartbroken After Napa Man Arrested By ICE Agents and begins this way:
As ICE agents made arrests across the state Sunday during their latest crackdown, KPIX 5 spoke to a teen girl from Napa who watched in tears as her father was taken away.
Video posted on Snapchat captured the moment of the arrest just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
ICE agents took Armando Nunez Salgado into custody outside his home. According to family members, he was in the backyard when agents walked right in through the side gate. His 14-year-old daughter Isabel Salgado dissolved into tears.
“I cried. I got very emotional, I was really sad,” said Isabel. “I mean to watch someone who is part of your everyday life and then you just have to watch him leave without saying goodbye. It kind of hurts.”
Armando is a construction worker who has been in America more than 30 years. His wife Elena Ponce said his parents brought him to the U.S. when he was only four years old.
The story quotes his wife as saying: “He wasn’t a danger to the community in any way.” It’s a tearjerker. Good on the Oakland mayor, amirite?!
… Except that, as you read further into the article, you find that this particular illegal immigrant was into drugs. And gangs. And violence.
But let’s not read the hacks at CBS any further. Let’s hear from ICE. Jazz Shaw at Hot Air has the press release from ICE:
On Sunday, Feb. 25, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Francisco Fugitive Operations Team arrested ICE fugitive Armando Nuñez-Salgado, 38, a citizen of Mexico and documented Sureño gang member, who has been previously removed by ICE on four prior occasions. Over the past 18 years he has accumulated criminal convictions in California that have resulted in more than 15 years of prison sentencings. His criminal convictions include assault with a deadly weapon (statutorily enhanced because of his gang member status), burglary, hit-and-run causing injury and evading a peace officer.
Let me translate “Sureño gang member” for you. That is someone who owes allegiance to the Mexican Mafia, and is willing to carry out criminal acts on their behalf. This man’s record of violence had him in ICE’s crosshairs for some time, and he had been deported four times before.
I guess he should have listened when the lunatic currently occupying the Oakland mayor’s office tried to warn him.
Schaaf, you’ll be pleased to learn, has no regrets:
In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, she explained that her decision to tip off immigrants stemmed from a deep disagreement with immigration enforcement under the Trump administration and a resistance to the administration’s enforcement efforts.
Well, guess what? Immigration enforcement is a federal priority, not a local one. She doesn’t get to show “resistance” to it.
I hope the Trump administration finds ways to punish leaders of sanctuary cities in general, and this woman in particular, for their dangerous actions. This interference with federal policy is outrageous, and (as we saw with Kate Steinle) costs lives. It has to stop.