First, the background. Illegal alien support groups are bragging that they are emerging victorious, easily intimidating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Deportation Officers:
Lohse is among hundreds of volunteers, including preachers, law students and retirees, who've stepped up to accompany people in the U.S. illegally to court hearings and meetings with immigration officials, guiding them through an often intimidating process.
Some of them say the accompaniment is more important than ever since Republican President Donald Trump expanded the definition of deportable offenses to include all immigrants living in the country illegally, giving rise to immigrants being apprehended during routine check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"We want to increase the accompaniment because the crisis is more severe. The pain, the fear, is bigger," said Guillermo Torres, from Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice in Los Angeles.
The group escorts mostly women and children to immigration court hearings, where judges decide who can stay in the U.S. and who must leave. Volunteers also accompany immigrants who are required to periodically check in with federal agents because they have pending cases or have been ordered deported.
[Volunteers Usher US Immigrants To Court To Allay Their Fears, by Claudia Torrens, AP/Yahoo, April 25, 2017]
And their intimidation tactics apparently frighten the bureaucrats at ICE ERO:
In New York, the nonprofit New Sanctuary Coalition said one of its volunteers was with Colombian immigrant Juan Vivares last month when he was arrested during his check-in. The group helped organize a news conference to publicize the arrest. Vivares, who is from Medellin and was arrested because his asylum request had been denied, was released two weeks later after his lawyer requested a stay of the order of deportation...
They also provide moral support and show officials they're watching, they say. And they contend escorting someone can make a difference in a judge or ICE agent's decision on matters such as pending asylum petitions or issuance of travel documents.
"It definitely can change the decision of an ICE agent or judge," said Kyle Barron, a New Sanctuary Coalition organizer who sends at least 150 volunteers an email every week on the schedule of accompaniments.
Let's go to Juan Vivares. He is a long time illegal alien who attempted to enter the United States illegally, but was caught, then filed a fraudulent asylum case, which was surprisingly denied by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
An undocumented immigrant from the Bronx who was featured in a recent New York Times article about people with old deportation orders was detained Tuesday after meeting with immigration agents in downtown Manhattan, his lawyer said.
It was the latest of several cases in which the government detained an undocumented immigrant who had been ordered deported but, under the Obama administration, allowed to stay in the United States.
The Times article on the subject this month featured Juan Vivares, 29, a Colombian electrician who was caught crossing the southern border into the United States illegally in 2011 and was ordered deported after losing his bid for asylum.
[For Bronx Man Facing Deportation, a Grace Period Nears Its End, by Vivian Lee, NYT, March 21, 2017]
Vivares was arrested and held for two weeks. However, the left knows they can intimidate President Trump and they were successful. Instead of swiftly deporting him, ICE ERO held him despite the fact that they could have deported him the same day given the availability of flights from NYC to Columbia.
NEW YORK- We are overjoyed to announce that after two weeks of detention, Juan Vivares is home with his family! Juan has received a stay from the Board of Immigration Appeals and was released while his wife Yahaira Burgos’s family-based petition and motion to reopen removal proceedings is being considered in order to keep the family together. Yahaira, a New York City doorwoman, and the couple’s 14-month-old son are both US citizens.
[Juan Vivares Released From ICE Detention, Reuniting with His Family in New York, Press Release, SEIU32BJ, April 5, 2017]
The pattern was familiar, no-name local politicians or such stage shameless baby-waving and other public demonstrations, bigger name politicos jump in, and Donald J. Trump, or the David Marin's of the Deep State, jump to attention, salute the rabble rousers, and do what they're told by Democrats.
In a message to President Donald Trump, city officials are rallying around an undocumented immigrant without a criminal record who was detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices on Tuesday, leaving his wife and 14-month old son facing an unclear future.
Flanked by city elected officials — including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James — and members of her labor union on the steps of a federal court in Manhattan, Yaharia Burgos, 39, detailed what transpired after her husband, Juan Vivares, a Colombian national, was detained Tuesday morning when the couple arrived at court for an appointment.
[Mark-Viverito Rallies Around Undocumented City Resident Detained By ICE, by Gloria Pazmino, Politico, March 21, 2017]
The Vivares case was similar to lesbian Daniela Vargas case. This illegal alien was arrested, and could have been easily deported as she had entered on the Visa Waiver Program which provides for immediate deportation without any appeals. In Vivares' case he had a final order of deportation, but was not deported despite the fact he had lost all his appeals and had no legal recourse.
This writer documented the failure of either President Trump, or sabotage by Deep State operatives in ICE ERO, on Vargas and another illegal alien, this time a convicted felon, Ravi Ragbir, who used the above strategy of bringing friends to his deportation appointment, and was subsequently released. [Leftist Media And Democrats Prove Trump Can Be Intimidated, by Federale, Federale Blog, March 10, 2017]
The Democrats have dialed in on Trump and have his number. His attempts at immigration control are collapsing, and not because of liberal judges, but because Trump is collapsing in the face of determined opposition.