More and more, President Joe Biden appears to be little more than a figurehead for the radical left, who helped elect him and appear to control his administration.
The American people were sold a bill of goods about Biden being a middle-of-the-road candidate looking for common ground, but that is far from what they got. In decision after decision, the Biden administration is governing from the left, to the point where radical activists are steering policy.
Look no further than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where an “Abolish ICE” activist intervened at the very top to get a temporary stay of deportation for an illegal immigrant with a criminal record, according to emails obtained by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
On June 7, Tania Mattos, policy director at Freedom for Immigrants, an open border advocacy group, sent an email to Angela Kelley, a senior immigration counselor at the Department of Homeland Security, requesting the deportation for Marvin Jerezano-Peña be halted.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson featured the story in his program Tuesday night:
Mattos, who fights the detention of illegal immigrants, was born in Bolivia and was a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from 2012 to 2019, according to her profile on The Opportunity Agenda. It’s not clear what her immigration status is today.
She now protects her tweets, but Fox News reported that Mattos said in a 2020 tweet she was “unapologetically #AbolishDetention #AbolishICE #AbolishPrisons.”
“We’re seeking a stay of removal from ICE and permanent release,” Mattos informed Kelley, claiming Peña should not be a deportation priority under new ICE guidelines as a former DACA recipient married to a U.S. citizen with a 2-year-old son.
“Kelley quickly forwarded the email as a ‘time sensitive matter’ to ICE chief of staff Timothy Perry, who promptly requested a report on the subject. Hours later, officials sent back the report, which included a string of arrests and convictions in New Jersey,” Fox News reported.
That report showed that a judge ordered Peña’s deportation to Mexico in 2020, and that he was arrested in 2015 for “robbery and simple assault,” according to the article. The following year, he was convicted of knowingly receiving stolen property, and was arrested again in 2019 for violation of parole and a failure to report. Peña has other arrests for drug possession.
The matter was being expedited at breakneck speed, as Perry reportedly emailed the requested report “minutes” after receiving the request, noting he had “mentioned this on our call earlier.”
The very same day, acting ICE Director Tae Johnson emailed a number of officials asking: “Can we grant a 14-day stay of removal on this case to provide time to gather additional details.”
“Will do,” responded Acting Executive Associate Director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Corey Price.
And just like that, within a matter of hours, a sea of government red tape, process and procedure was overcome and the criminal illegal immigrant’s deportation was halted. All while. the crisis at the southern border with Mexico spirals out of control, as more than 1 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended and thousands of migrants testing positive for COVID-19 are being released into the U.S. weekly.
“As a professional law enforcement agency, ICE has always considered requests, views and opinions from all stakeholders,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “ICE routinely works alongside local law enforcement agencies, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to carry out its mission of safety and security.”
The agency would also later confirm that Peña remained in the country, housed at a detention facility in New York.
“Jerezano-Peña is a former DACA recipient, but was denied renewal of this program in 2015 due to his previous criminal conviction history,” the agency said. “His criminal history includes numerous convictions for drugs, DUI and traffic offenses, dating to 2012, including multiple felony convictions in December 2017 for drugs and stolen property.”
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