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Illegal Alien Picked Up By ICE After Speaking To Newspaper

Posted: December 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm   /   by

An illegal alien who recounted how his longtime girlfriend had been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE agents, in a Seattle Times story about ramped-up immigration enforcement in Pacific County last month, has now been detained.

Why? According the the man, Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez, it was because of his appearance in the newspaper. Apparently they didn’t like what he had to say. However, it was probably more due to the fact that things have changed drastically under Trump’s ICE agency, and if you as an illegal alien are going to boldly expose yourself, and to disparage the work of federal law enforcement no less, then in all likelihood, you are asking for them to bring you in, since you are literally placing a target on yourself.

Gutierrez was apprehended by ICE agents on the way from his home in Ocean Park, WA to get some coffee and eggs.

According to the Seattle Times—quoting Gutierrez—who published the story the encounter went like this:

An SUV blocked his path into the parking lot, he said. An ICE agent got out and approached his car.

“You are Rosas,” the agent said, according to Aburto Gutierrez. “You are the one from the newspaper.”

Let me park, Aburto Gutierrez told the agent. After he did and faced them, he asked: “Why are you arresting me?”

“My supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper,” the agent said, according to Aburto Gutierrez, relating the conversation in Spanish. The agent spoke in English, not a language the Mexican-born Aburto Gutierrez speaks fluently.

Aburto Gutierrez said he nevertheless understood — and concluded that his arrest was retaliation.

Despite Gutierrez’s claims, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told the Times that they don’t “retaliate.”

She later sent a written statement that confirmed his arrest and detention but said nothing about whether ICE was retaliating against Aburto Gutierrez, or what role the newspaper story might have played in his arrest.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project legal director Matt Adams, when told Aburto Gutierrez’s account of his arrest, said it was troubling, and added  that there might be grounds for exploring whether ICE’s actions violated Aburto Gutierrez’s right to free speech.

Gutierrez has lived in the U.S. illegally for 18 years. Crossing the border into California, the then-17-year-old made his way to Eastern Washington, where he had relatives who picked apples. He moved to Pacific County three years later after hearing its seafood industry was hiring and paying good wages.

He met Gladys Diaz, another illegal alien, there and they made a family together. She was arrested by immigration officials in as sting operation after she answered an online ad she placed to sell a homemade piñata.

That came to an end when Diaz, along with their children, went to a bank parking lot in June to meet someone who had answered her online ad for a piñata. ICE agents were waiting for her. Before taking her away, they walked her home to deliver their kids to Gutierrez. Gutierrez claims he asked them why they didn’t take both of them there and then and was told it was due to Diaz having a prior deportation order. She had been caught in her initial efforts to sneak into the country nearly a decade ago. Hence, she was already on the ICE radar.

Haley said a much when she told the Times:

ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy, and at times, exercises prosecutorial discretion when the circumstances of a particular case have extenuating factors like the care of minor children or an alien’s medical condition.

This does not mean an alien is exempt from future immigration enforcement.

Eventually, Diaz was deported and now lives, with their children—who, according to current law are U.S. citizens, living of their own choice with their mother—in a small town near Puerto Vallarta.

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Joseph was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He received a Master's in U.S. history, with an emphasis on American constitutionalism from the UA, with a minor in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering. He took a job right out of college as a financial advisor, then switched career paths to teaching History at Pima Community College, while tutoring mathematics on the side. He also writes op-eds for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's largest newspaper, and has recently begun a new, live, calling radio show Common Sense heard every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1030 AM KVOI, The Voice. He has a passion for politics and debate, believing that, we the people, must converse with each other about ideas and become engaged in the political formative process, as opposed to simply reacting to what government does. His ideological emphasis, in which he believes everyone can find common ground, is natural rights philosophy.
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Illegal Alien Picked Up By ICE After Speaking To Newspaper