Cops in Phoenix, Arizona, bagged eight illegal aliens during the city’s George Floyd Riots, three of whom were so-called DREAMers, the illegal aliens whom President Barack Obama permitted to stay in the country with his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
One of them is a prominent illegal-alien activist, and all are charged with serious felonies that could end in their removal from the country.
Their willing participation in the riots raises a question: Will President Trump have the courage to strip them of the DACA benefit and deport them?
The report from ABC-15 on the three DACA recipients and the rest of the illegal-alien riot squad was thin, but it did observe that a leftist attorney quickly began a media campaign to get them released.
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigraiton Studies reported a lengthy statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and what happened to them:
On June 1, [ICE] took custody of Jesus Manuel Orona Prieto, 26, Roberto Carlos Cortes Mondragon, 21, and Johan Montes-Cuevas, 22, all citizens and nationals of Mexico, following their May 31 arrest by Phoenix Police Department on criminal charges. Those charges are pending.
Montes-Cuevas, a DACA recipient, was released from ICE custody on an “order of release on recognizance” and placed under the ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Program. His immigration case remains pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
Cortes-Mondragon, a DACA recipient, will be released on an “order of release on recognizance” and placed under the ICE ATD Program. His immigration case remains pending before EOIR.
Orona-Prieto was issued a Notice to Appear and remains in ICE custody pending a hearing with EOIR. ICE records indicate on Feb. 27, 2015, he was previously encountered by U.S. Border Patrol near Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Border Patrol issued him an order for expedited removal. On Feb. 28, he was removed back to Mexico….
On June 1, U.S. [ICE] took custody of Maxima Guerrero, 30, a citizen and national of Mexico, following her May 31 arrest by Phoenix Police Department on criminal charges. Those charges are pending. She was released from ICE custody on an “order of release on recognizance” and placed under the [ATD] Program. Her immigration case remains pending before [EOIR].
Vaughan also reported that police charged them with multiple felonies, including “rioting, violating curfew, disorderly conduct, and unlawful assembly.”
A cop told the ABC affiliate that the illegal aliens’ cars were, as a practical matter, weapons of war against the city and police: “Those cars were used to fortify and give rocks and water bottles, food to those individuals who were there to commit crime and damage, to do dangerous things to our community.”
The leftist lawyer’s campaign worked, apparently.
Subversive Guerrero was released after a protest on Monday, AZCentral.com reported, and “a flood of calls that filled the voicemail of Sheriff Paul Penzone, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Mayor Kate Gallego and a mass social-media campaign from the community.”
Also supporting Guerrero’s release were “at least two state legislators, a state senator, three Latino Phoenix City Council members and more than a dozen other Arizona leaders.”
Yet the illegals needn’t be convicted on those felony charges to be removed from the country, Vaughan observed.
“Even if the state charges are dropped,” she wrote,“USCIS can strip these individuals of their DACA benefit if it determines that they ‘pose a threat to national security or public safety.’”
DREAMers … Thugs
Vaughan also reprised figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, reported here in November, that demonstrate just what kind of dreaming way too many DACA recipients were doing.
Of the 888,818 illegal aliens President Obama permitted to stay in the country in violation of the law at last count, 79,398 were approved to stay despite having at least one arrest. Another 15,903 were arrested after they received permission to stay in the country.
And 24,898 of the 79,398, or 31.3 percent, had more than one arrest.
Arrests / Approved For DACA
1 / 54,500
2 / 15,482
3 / 5,279
4 / 2,148
5 / 963
6 / 456
7 / 260
8 / 134
9 / 81
10 / 41
10+ / 54
Among the major crimes for which Obama’s potential riot recruits have been convicted are rape, murder, and other heinous felonies. Those numbers include:
• Arson — 24
• Assault — 3,308
• Burglary — 1,471
• Drugs — 6,892
• DUI — 4,210
• Kidnapping — 173
• Manslaughter — 5
• Murder — 15
• Organized crime — 45
• Robbery — 269
• Rape — 62
• Sexual abuse, statutory rape — 259
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R. Cort Kirkwood is a regular contributor to The New American and a former newspaper editor.