This past week, Diogenes Pinzon made an appearance in a Brooklyn criminal court proceeding involving charges of domestic violence against his girlfriend. Upon leaving the courthouse, undercover ICE agents nabbed Pinzon and took him into custody, not for beating up the woman in question, but because he is an illegal alien with an outstanding deportation order. Does anything in that brief synopsis strike you as unusual or irregular under normal law enforcement protocol?
While you might find it completely normal, that was hardly the case with Democratic Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez. She immediately took to Twitter to bemoan the situation. Rather than worrying about the woman who had allegedly been robbed and beaten by her boyfriend, Velasquez was upset that ICE had arrested the alleged perpetrator.
Extremely concerning to hear that ICE agents targeted an undocumented immigrant just outside Brooklyn Criminal Court this morning. Such actions by ICE have no place in our City & I will be monitoring the situation carefully. https://t.co/i3xxxm5oSu
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) April 6, 2018
I guess Pinzon’s girlfriend isn’t entitled to a #MeToo moment, eh?
What Valezquez was specifically complaining about was the fact that ICE had taken custody of Pinzon as he was leaving the courthouse. This is apparently “unfair” in her opinion, and will make it less likely that other illegal aliens will show up for court appearances if they suspect that ICE is lurking around the area. But there was far more to Pinzon’s story than one domestic violence charge. As Timothy Meads at Townhall explains, the congresswoman failed to note that the suspect has a rap sheet as long as his arm.
The illegal alien in question, Diogenes Pinzon, was in court challenging a domestic violence case. His girlfriend alleged that Pinzon had threatened and robbed her on May 25, 2017. Once the hearing was over, under cover ICE agents promptly arrested the illegal alien. He has also been arrested 14 previous times. It is unclear if he has ever actually been deported.
According to the New York Daily News, this arrest led to a protest of around 50 attorneys.
We should, in this case, rely on an old adage handed down from our parents. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me FIFTEEN TIMES and there’s something seriously messed up going on around here.”
The complaint coming from Velazquez and the coalition of immigrant defense attorneys is actually a common one among supporters of illegal aliens and opponents of border security. They don’t believe that ICE should be allowed to make arrests in or around courthouses. But when you’re in New York City, ICE gets very little cooperation from local officials. Rather than being able to safely pick up illegals when they show up in jail, immigration officials are forced to go seek them out in the community, a process which can be far more dangerous.
Catching them coming out of the courthouse is actually one of the safest environments for an arrest, both in terms of protecting the ICE officers and the general public. Suspects have to pass through metal detectors and are subject to search when entering the courthouse so it’s highly unlikely that they have a weapon on them when they’re walking out. The same can’t be said if you have to catch up with them at home or out on the streets.
But even if we ignored all of that, there’s a more fundamental question to put to Congresswoman Velazquez. This guy is not only an illegal alien but he’s been arrested more than a dozen times for various crimes. At what point would you consider a person enough of a danger to society to ship them back to their native country?