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    CA - Mexican national accused of abusing toddler is freed despite request from immigr

    Mexican national accused of abusing toddler is freed despite request from immigration officials

    BY MATT FOUNTAIN
    August 4, 2015 Updated 27 minutes ago


    Francisco Javier Chavez, 27, of Paso Robles was arrested Thursday, July 30, 2015, on suspicion of child abuse

    A Mexican national arrested last week on suspicion of severely injuring the 2-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend was released from San Luis Obispo County Jail despite a request that he be held for federal immigration officials.

    State law does not allow the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office to hold people based solely on immigration detainers, and the man remained out of custody Tuesday while the District Attorney’s Office awaited reports from Paso Robles police.

    Francisco Javier Chavez, 27, who has a long local criminal history despite once being deported, was arrested early Thursday after police were notified the night before by San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services that a Paso Robles child was being treated for significant injuries at a hospital in Madera.

    The little girl had initially been treated at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton before being transferred to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera due to the extent of her injuries, according to the Paso Robles Police Department. Detectives drove to Madera the night of July 29 and found the victim had multiple fractures and other injuries inconsistent with the description of events allegedly reported by Chavez and the child’s mother.

    Chavez was a few hours later and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony cruelty to a child resulting in injury. His bail was set at $100,000.

    According to the Sheriff’s Office, Chavez was released on bail Friday.

    Paso Robles police Sgt. Tod Rehner said that the victim remained in the hospital in serious but stable condition Monday. He said she will likely remain in the hospital at least a week while recovering from a broken leg, two broken arms, compressed spine, bruises and a significant urinary tract infection. Rehner said detectives were told by the attending doctor that she was also suffering from a 107-degree fever.

    “It will be a long recovery,” Rehner said.

    He said the department is not recommending charges against the mother, though prosecutors will have the final say.

    Chavez was released from jail despite an immigration detainer request filed electronically by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a nonbinding request indicating its desire to take him into custody for possible administrative proceedings.

    ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said the agency submitted the request Thursday after being notified of Chavez’s arrest by Paso Robles police.

    Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said that when someone is booked into County Jail and their fingerprints are taken, that information is sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, which checks an incoming inmate’s immigration status.

    Cipolla said that if a detainer has been placed on the person, the Sheriff’s Office will notify ICE so that it can make arrangements to take custody. Chavez, however, posted bail the next day.

    “When an immigration detainer is received from ICE, the requests will be honored, but the jail will not detain someone beyond the date they would otherwise be entitled to be released,” Cipolla wrote in an email.

    In 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Trust Act, which “limits cruel and costly immigration ‘hold’ requests in local jails,” according to catrustact.org. The bill was interpreted as a major rebuke of an Obama administration enforcement policy that has resulted in record deportations from the state.

    The disconnect between the state and federal governments extends beyond California. In April 2014, a district court judge in Oregon ruled that officials in Clackamas County violated a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her 19 hours after her case was settled to allow federal immigration officials to launch an investigation into her residency status.

    Officials there mistook an ICE detainer request as mandatory, according to The Oregonian.

    “I am not happy with the state of our current laws regarding this issue,” San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson wrote in an email. “I am not aware of any county in California that is honoring detainers … simply because we can’t.”

    That does not make San Luis Obispo a so-called “sanctuary” county, a nonlegal term for governments that do not allow police officers to ask people about their immigration status, Parkinson wrote. The term has ignited national debate following the alleged murder of a 32-year-old Cal Poly graduate in San Francisco last month at the hands of an undocumented immigrant and multiple felon who had been previously deported five times.

    Chavez similarly has a criminal history in San Luis Obispo dating back to 2006, when he was convicted of felony assault and served about 180 days in County Jail. Court records show he had been arrested at least four other times for various offenses, including a 2011 felony conviction for possessing a controlled substance for sale.

    According to ICE, Chavez was previously deported in February 2014 following a San Luis Obispo County conviction for drunken driving.

    Haley said the agency is working on a new initiative that would help ICE officials take custody of undocumented immigrants arrested or convicted of some crimes before they are released back into the community, while complying with state law.

    The agency’s new Priority Enforcement Program calls for ICE officials to request notification from local law enforcement agencies prior to the release of an undocumented immigrant accused or convicted of a crime and who meets the agency’s “heightened” priorities, she wrote in an email.

    In theory, ICE agents will have time to physically pick up a person once they are released from custody.

    “PEP is a balanced, common-sense approach that places the focus where it should be: on criminals and individuals who threaten the public safety,” Haley wrote.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said the District Attorney’s Office was expecting the submission of Chavez’s recommended charges from the Paso Robles Police Department for its review.

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    Wow, this is just crazy!
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    “PEP is a balanced, common-sense approach that places the focus where it should be: on criminals and individuals who threaten the public safety,” Haley wrote.
    Oh, you mean AFTER they've threatened the public safety and harmed Americans. Well, Lorie Haley, your job is to ensure that none of these people are in our country to begin with so our public safety and the well-being of our people are not threatened at all by illegal aliens. That's why we have US immigration law in the first place, and why you've got a big-salaried job that you aren't doing.
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    ICE agents are probably being threatened with termination if they actually try to do anything. Wanna bet? The Dictator is telling them what the policy is, and it's obey or get axed.
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    Immigration hold request not enough to keep Paso Robles child abuse suspect behind ba

    Immigration hold request not enough to keep Paso Robles child abuse suspect behind bars

    Posted: Aug 04, 2015 10:19 PM PST
    Updated: Aug 05, 2015 4:53 AM PST
    By KSYB Staff

    A man arrested in Paso Robles last week on charges of felony child abuse for reportedly beating his girlfriend's toddler was released from custody despite a request from immigration officials to hold him.

    27-year-old Francisco Javier Chavez posted a $100,000 bail and was released on Friday. Police say Chavez was arrested after they learned a two-year-old girl was hospitalized for multiple fractures.

    The girl's injuries were so severe she had to be transferred out of the county to a specialized facility for treatment. Officials say their investigation led them to Chavez, the two-year-old's mother's live-in boyfriend.

    Chavez was being held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail, but state law does not allow the sheriff's office to hold people after they've posted bail, unless a federal warrant is issued.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Chavez is from Mexico and has been previously deported once before, in February 2014. They also say Chavez has an extensive criminal background. According to ICE some of those include prior convictions for drug trafficking and assault with a deadly weapon.

    An immigration detainer request is a non-binding request by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

    ICE says they submitted the request to San Luis Obispo County on Thursday.

    Sheriff Ian Parkinson says he's not happy with the current laws regarding this issue, and that it puts sheriff's in California in a very difficult position. Legally, he says, they can't hold inmates, even those with ICE hold requests, beyond their scheduled release date.

    In this case, when Chavez posted bail, legally the jail had to release him.

    He says efforts are underway to get the situation rectified.

    Here is the entire statement from Sheriff Parkinson:

    "Let me begin with stating that I am not happy with the state of our current laws regarding this issue. Recently in the news there was a tragedy that occurred in San Francisco that clearly highlights the dangers. As I am sure you are aware, the San Francisco tragedy is a different situation than most other counties, because they are a sanctuary City/County. San Luis Obispo is not. Unfortunately, the changes in the law have placed California’s 58 Sheriff’s in a very difficult position.
    The law actually does not give us the right to place a ICE hold, unless there is a warrant for them. This was the result of a Court decision approximately one year ago. After this decision, California State Sheriff’s Association reached out to the federal government and requested that this be rectified. As of today, it still has not been properly fixed. I am not aware of any County in California that is honoring detainers….simply because we can’t. Here is the link to State Sheriff's Legal opinion:

    http://www.jones-mayer.com/?t=40&an=...mat=xml&p=4083

    Here is our policy explained:

    The Immigration Detainer requests the Sheriff’s Office notify ICE, prior to releasing the individual, in order for ICE to make arrangements to assume custody. When an Immigration Detainer is received from ICE, the requests will be honored but the jail will not detain someone beyond the date they would otherwise be entitled to be released. If the inmate becomes release eligible (posts bail, court ordered release, time served, etc.) the Sheriff’s Office will not detain the inmate on the basis of an Immigration Detainer past his or her scheduled release date. Detainers and warrants are entirely separate. Duly issued warrants will be honored in all cases."


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    Instead of 'issuing orders', how about getting of their asses and go pick these criminals up and deport their asses out of this country.

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