von Spakovsky and Stimson: Judges can’t ignore immigration laws they don’t like

Friday, May 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Hans A. von Spakovsky, Charles Stimson
Fox News
May 3, 2019

Remember when judges used to uphold the law? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case today.

Consider the Massachusetts trial judge who is accused of helping a twice-deported illegal immigrant slip out the back door rather than hand him over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent waiting to arrest him.

According to authorities, Massachusetts District Court Judge Shelley Joseph conspired with her bailiff and a defense attorney to set the illegal immigrant free. And most of the episode was recorded.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling charged Joseph and her bailiff last month with conspiracy to obstruct justice, perjury and other crimes.

But now local prosecutors are trying to pick up where the judge left off. They’re suing to prevent the feds from arresting illegal immigrants in state courthouses, even though the Executive Office of the Massachusetts Trial Court issued guidance requiring all state judges and court personnel to cooperate with ICE.

Here’s some background to this bizarre case, according to authorities, courtroom recordings obtained by the Boston Globe, and court documents released last month:.On March 30, 2018, Newton, Mass., police arrested an illegal immigrant identified as Jose Medina-Perez on charges of narcotics possession and being a fugitive from Pennsylvania.

A fingerprint check revealed that, after his last deportation, Medina-Perez was ordered not to enter the United States until 2027. So ICE issued a federal immigration detainer for him to the Newton Police.

The police say they forwarded the warrant to the court clerk’s office, the district attorney, the probation office, courthouse personnel and the defense attorney.

In other words, everyone in the local court system was on notice that federal officials had a valid warrant for Medina-Perez. Once his state court proceedings were over, the court was required to turn him over to the ICE officer who was coming to the courthouse.

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