Last Tuesday, we reported on a break-in that occurred at the campaign headquarters of Katie Hobbs, who is Arizona’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, locked in a close race with her Republican opponent Kari Lake but with the momentum clearly in Lake’s corner down the home stretch.
It took the Hobbs campaign no time at all before they predictably blamed Lake’s rhetoric and that of her supporters for the burglary in which items including some Apple devices and a camera were reportedly taken.
“Let’s be clear: for nearly two years Kari Lake and her allies have been spreading dangerous misinformation and inciting threats against anyone they see fit. The threats against Arizonans attempting to exercise their constitutional rights and their attacks on elected officials are the direct result of a concerted campaign of lies and intimidation,” the Hobbs campaign statement read in part.
Though Lake responded accordingly by stating that Hobbs might be trying to pull a last-minute “Jussie Smollett part two” out of desperation, fresh details further prove Hobbs’ claims about Lake’s “dangerous misinformation” allegedly leading to the incident to be wildly off the mark. The new details have also led some to trot out the “told ya so” card on Hobbs, considering the fact that the suspect is an illegal immigrant and one who perhaps wouldn’t have been here had Hobbs and her fellow party members not been so fanatically pro-open borders:
A federal immigration official tells 12News the suspect who allegedly broke into the campaign headquarters of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs last week does not have legal status to be in the United States.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 36-year-old Daniel Mota Dos Reis is a citizen of Portugal who arrived in the United States as a registered student in 2018 and is now violating “the terms of his admission.”
Mota is “currently at-large for administrative immigration violations for failing to maintain his status as a registered student at an academic institution,” said Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a public affairs officer for ICE.
Mota was released on bond before an immigration detainer was issued, according to ICE.
To date, Hobbs has not retracted her accusation against Lake, and still has the statement up on her Twitter page blaming Lake. Kari Lake, however, made sure to let her followers know about the latest development:
Remember when @katiehobbs accused me of orchestrating a Watergate-style break-in of her campaign office?
Well, it turns out it was a repeat-criminal here in our country illegally.
RETWEET THIS. People must know. pic.twitter.com/tf1k2UJRFZ
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 2, 2022
The news of the immigration status of the alleged Hobbs campaign HQ burglar comes on the heels of reports that David DePape, the alleged assailant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul, was also in the country illegally.
Republicans are using both stories as examples of what happens when dangerous Democratic policies are seen to fruition, something New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin also did after he was assaulted in July during a campaign rally as he talked about how Democrat-led bail reform efforts had sparked a crime wave of repeat offenders in the state.
In the aftermath, Zeldin predicted his attacker would be immediately put back on the streets thanks to soft on crime policies supported by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, which is exactly what happened.