There is a dangerous trend percolating throughout the country – the delegitimization of enforcement of our immigration law. One of the many battles of this war on American sovereignty is the growing violence against ICE operations. Following several attacks on ICE facilities, now would be the time to make an example of the first Antifa fighters prosecuted for illegally disrupting ICE. Instead, federal prosecutors in Oregon inexplicably let Antifa members who caused the shutdown of an ICE facility for 10 days last year off the hook.
The Oregonian is reporting that six individuals who helped block the entries to ICE’s Portland facility last June, causing it to shut down at a cost of $1.8 million, were let off without a conviction:
The six have agreed to each pay $100 fines, complete 10 hours of community service by the end of this year and stay at least 200 feet away from the federal facility for one year, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Kerin told a judge.
The six defendants were slated to stand trial on two misdemeanor counts that could have resulted in some jail time, but for whatever reason the federal prosecutors in Oregon were unwilling to press the case. According to the Oregonian, this is part of a new rule:
Under a new local rule adopted by the U.S. District of Oregon on Aug. 1, those who pay a fine stemming from a federal misdemeanor or petty offense citation won’t face a criminal conviction. They may waive their appearance before a federal magistrate judge and dispose of the matter by paying a fine approved by the court, ending the case. It won’t constitute a criminal conviction or admission of guilt.
The problem is that this is not just any petty crime. Any good prosecutor will tell you that “small” crimes matter if they are fueling a growing dangerous trend. We’ve seen a dangerous attempted terror attack on the Tacoma, Washington, facility, a shooting into the San Antonio ICE office building, and destruction of property at the Aurora, Colorado, facility.
This amnesty sends the message to Antifa members that they won’t even risk a criminal record if they disrupt ICE with anarchy.