NORWALK — Reports of an intoxicated man hanging around the South Norwalk Train Station led to the arrest of an undocumented immigrant who had fled from justice in New Jersey, police said.
Police responded to the Metro-North Railroad station in South Norwalk on reports on an intoxicated man who was “staggering around” and “falling sleeping on station benches,” according to police reports.
As police worked to remove the individual from the station, they learned that the man, identified as Elmer Lovato-Rosales, 30, was an undocumented immigrant and that he had a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer placed on him.
The detainer stemmed from an incident in Plainfield, New Jersey, in which Lovato-Rosales was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, police said.
Police placed Lovato-Rosales under arrest and charged him as a fugitive of justice. He was held on a $50,000 bond, and he is set to be extradited to New Jersey to face his charges.
ICE was also informed of his arrest, police said.
The citizens of Plainfield, New Jersey might want to ask who in their police force released this criminal into the general population in defiance of an ICE detainer order, but until the Supreme Court rules on the matter this June, I suppose that's their concern.
UPDATE: Looked it up, and it turns out that Plainfield has joined with many other cities in the Garden State in declaring itself to be a "welcoming city" that will defy ICE detainer orders. I'd be neutral on that, if they would keep their criminals confined to their borders, free to prey on their own citizens, but leaving the rest of us alone, safe in our homes.
February 13, 2017 - Following US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in states over the past several days, the City of Plainfield acted today to protect vulnerable immigrant communities. The Plainfield City Council voted to be a fair and welcoming city, joining several other New Jersey towns and municipalities in declaring sanctuary status in the wake of Donald Trump’s executive orders.
"Plainfield has long been a welcoming community for immigrants and will remain so. Given the President's xenophobic campaign rhetoric and the news of ICE actions around the country, the City of Plainfield will be implementing clear policies to assure all residents that the role of city officials and local police is to serve our communities and we will not facilitate Trump's efforts at mass deportations," said Mayor Adrian Mapp.
The resolution passed by the city council resolves that local police and other agencies will not assist federal law enforcement agencies like ICE in identifying or arresting immigrants whose only alleged crime is related to their legal status [and illegal possession of a weapon, but that's a technicality]. The measure was introduced in response to concerns expressed by Plainfield residents with the support of local grassroots advocates.
It's obvious that " our communities" (plural? Really?) refers solely to the illegals in Plainfield, but I wonder how the rest of the residents feel about that?
I'm so old that I remember when liberals denounced the concept of "states' rights" and the authority of Dixie states to defy federal law. Then again, that was also a period when federal judges felt compelled to enforce that law.