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Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I wonder if all these people railing against "illegals" and "criminals" in Contra Costa would like their drunk uncle JimBob shipped backed to Germany for reaching HIS fourth DUI. Let's just revoke birthright citizenship altogether and if you mess up, we send you "back" to whatever is closest to being your most recent homeland. Sounds fair, right?

The coordination of ICE and Contra Costa County Sheriff's office and probation offices are about nothing but moving bodies for profit. The county is raking in millions and filling jail cells by destroying families and stealing chances from people.

Those of you who choose not to see that are just the willing dupes aiding and abetting.

Posted by Mercy Garetz on 01/17/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Charlie Pine. maaan, i can't believe you are still at it. This is literally the same argument you were making in 2005. Ok, so let's say a video shot on a closed lot features Youth Uprising turf dancers glorifying Oakland's youth-created cultural expression, and that video was also promoted by a major corporation, who got it aired on MTV, which led to entertainment careers and continued job opportunities for those dancers, and brought the local rap scene out of a sales and name recognition slump it had been in for 8 years. If an elected official came up with such a scheme, it would be called a landmark economic development initiative.
Should we forget that the military sponsors professional sports, or that big banks invest in private prisons? How are we holding Youth UpRising--whose mission is to create economic opportunity for underserved populations--accountable, but not Warner Brothers or Viacom? you should know as well as anyone there was a proposal to legalize what you call "reckless driving" put forth by the D6 Councilmember which was quickly rejected by the rest of the Council.
So, E-40 could have just as easily been promoting legal driving had a Council vote gone the other way. In other words, the criminalization of youth is not a justification for the criminalization of youth, it's a justification for bloated law enforcement spending instead of social services, and so-called public safety policies which take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the general fund, where they are spent disproportionately, i.e., not spread evenly throughout the city.
So, what happens if we take performance money out of these artists' and dancers' pockets? Do we make any dent whatsoever in curbing illegal activity? if anything, we create more illicit crime, because we've now eliminated a pathway to a career, or at least steady and gainful employment, for kids who are already at a disadvantage.
After all this time, Charlie, it's difficult to believe that you don't see the larger picture of how culture--yes, even youth culture--is an economic driver. The city's own website says so.
If you're suggesting that youth should work minimum wage jobs and turn down the chance to be in a major rap video because you disagree with its subject matter, well that just sounds mean and short-sighted.
I dont think anyone has ever proven a direct correlation between suggestive lyrics and actual actions--shout out to the First Amendment, homie--and besides, what we actually saw following the release of this video was a bunch of YouTube tributes showing suburban youth hilariously attempting to "ghost-ride" their parent's Volvos on near-empty suburban streets.
If that's a cause for alarm, then maybe its time to admit you have an adverse reaction to anything cultural which is black-created and youth-oriented. Which makes you a bigger part of the problem than one now-legendary rap video.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 01/17/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I missed the first two pages of this article. Is this author really defending three criminals? AND questioning "why in the world would local law enforcement work with ICE?" for these cases: Kim who has committed armed robbery and found with stolen goods over ten years later (who knows what else he's done in the last ten years); Jones who has put numerous other lives at risk by getting arrested for driving under the influence FOUR times (who knows how many times he's really driven under the influence and not caught); and Smith for Domestic violence.

And its law enforcement who is doing something wrong. Riiiiiiiightttt.........

Posted by JODY SMITH on 01/15/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

What a shame that this reporter would write something this far from the truth. Media is the reason why there is so much hate being spread especially to our law enforcement personnel. Anything for ratings, right? No matter how incorrect and one-sided the story is.

The Actual Law for anyone reading this article:
An alien who overstays becomes an illegal alien and is deportable. If the alien overstays a by more than 180 days, but less than one year, and then departs the United States voluntarily, he is barred from reentering the United States for a period of three years. If he leaves after having been in the country illegally for one year or more, then the alien is barred from reentering for ten years.33 It is inaccurate to label as "law-abiding" a person who fails to uphold their end of an agreement to visit the United States on a temporary basis and chooses to remain in the country illegally.

It looks like Smith overstayed her visa for give or take 10 years. And there is nothing wrong with that, right? But when local law enforcement works with ICE to follow the laws of the land, then there is something wrong with that.

This speaks loads to the type of report this is.

The officers did nothing wrong.

Posted by JODY SMITH on 01/15/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I'm sad from reading this story. I'm glad you mentioned the fact that in the last 8 years many people have been deported and the administration is not friendly to immigrants. Racial profiling seems to be alive and well in this country that really isn't so great! #StrictlyMyOpinion

Posted by Suzi Corby Foster on 01/12/2017 at 8:41 AM

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