By Dave Gibson, October 28, 2019
This week, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) announced that they will no longer honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, which allow ICE agents to pick up illegal aliens who have been charged with secondary crimes at the local jail. The program, known as 287 (g), depends on the cooperation of local law enforcement to identify illegal aliens booked into city and county jails, so that federal officials can start the deportation process.
The decision is yet another defeat for law and order, as well as for the citizens of Las Vegas.
The ACLU of Nevada wasted no time in celebrating the news, releasing the following statement:
This is the right decision for the state’s largest law enforcement agency. It’s not just inappropriate for Nevada agencies to participate in the federal government’s deportation agenda, but it’s unconstitutional as well. We’ll continue to advocate for the rights of our immigrant communities, and will engage with other police agencies around the state to end their partnerships with ICE.
This actually should come as no shock, for Las Vegas has long been, at least, a de facto ‘sanctuary city.’
What follows is an example of that city’s policy towards illegal aliens, along with the deadly consequences …
On November 24, 2014, 63-year-old Michael Grubbs was crossing a Las Vegas street, pushing a stroller which contained his 18-month-old granddaughter, when Galina Stoyanova Kilova, an illegal alien from Bulgaria, drove onto the shoulder of the road and mowed the grandfather down. Though Kilova initially claimed she did not know she hit anyone, Grubbs was vaulted onto the hood of her car, with his head crashing into the windshield.
The stroller was thrown away from the crash, and the toddler escaped with no life-threatening injuries. Her grandfather died at the scene.
Kilova fled the scene and continued on to work, hiding her damaged vehicle away from her usual parking spot.
Several people witnessed the gruesome scene, and one even gave chase, before losing her on the freeway.
Days later, Kilova’s employer phoned in a tip to police, and she was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death. In 2015, she was convicted on both counts and a month later, she was sentenced to between six and fifteen years in prison.
This tragedy could have easily been prevented …
In 2006, Kilova came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and a year later, was charged with a DUI. Despite the arrest and her expired visa, LVMPD chose not to report her to ICE.
Following this week’s announcement, LVMPD said they will still report “violent” offenders who are in the country illegally to ICE. However, that is a very dubious promise, considering the fact that the Bulgarian national was initially released from the Clark County Detention Center on $20,000 bail, after she killed a man. ICE agents then went after her, which is the only reason she actually stood trial for the fatal hit-and-run.
How much more “violent” does the offense have to be to warrant a call to ICE?