In an Oct. 27 announcement, ICE revealed that despite repeatedly requesting to simply move the detainees to alternative sites, U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter determined that this would not be acceptable, and that the detainees would need to simply be set free.
"ICE has complied with this overreaching court order; however, the public should know that the ruling undoubtedly places them at greater risk," said Tony H. Pham, ICE's senior official performing the duties of the director, in a statement.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which alleges that the privately run detention center was too overcrowded amid an alleged pandemic. Since the release, there are now only 465 detainees at the facility.
According to reports, the more than 250 illegal immigrants who were released have extensive criminal histories, including assault with a deadly weapon, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, hit and run, and child cruelty, among other heinous crimes.
Among those released pursuant to the court order, more than 60 had received final orders of removal by federal immigration judges, meaning they were on the verge of being deported back to their home countries. Now that they have been released on American soil, however, the consequences could include "unnecessary victimization by recidivist criminals," according to ICE.
"ICE has been placed in a difficult circumstance to comply with a binding order that completely contradicts our duty to this nation," Pham added. "These criminal aliens have serious convictions and charges – releasing them is an extremely risky gamble to take with public safety."
Of the roughly 730 illegal aliens detained at the Adelanto facility prior to the court order, more than 85 percent had pending criminal charges and/or convictions, ICE maintains.
Because it is the largest ICE detention facility in California, Adelanto has been the repeated target of protests by activist groups. Just last month, three protesters were arrested for becoming "angry and violent towards law enforcement officers and (attempting) to lynch" a third protester from police custody.
Responding to the news, ACLU SoCal senior staff attorney Jessica Bansal expressed glee about hundreds more violent criminals who do not even belong in our country entering civil society to commit more violent crimes.
"Eight months into the pandemic, over 700 people remain imprisoned for civil immigration violations in an overcrowded jail where basic protective measures are impossible and dozens fall ill with Covid-19 each day," Bansal is quoted as saying, attempting to pull on all the heart strings.
"Today's order confirms that our Constitution does not condone such basic disregard for human lives and safety," she added.
One wonders under what authority the district court had the power to overrule ICE's enforcement of immigration law. Perhaps it is time to place strict limitations on the judicial branch to ensure that activist judges are not allowed to put society at risk with flippantly irresponsible decisions such as this one.
"How is it that a state court has the authority to release prisoners held by the Feds?" is how one Epoch Times commenter posed it.
"If Trump can defend federal buildings in Portland and Seattle with federal officers, then why doesn't the same concept apply here? Tar and feather these judges and run them the hell out!"
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