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DC Postponed Dem Intern’s Arrest After Election

From the Associated Press:

AP Exclusive: US ordered delay in Menendez intern’s arrest

January 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.

What a shock.

Notice that even here the AP is purposefully vague. We’re only told that the federal agents were ordered not to arrest the intern "by Washington." But such an order to not enforce the law would have almost had to have been (you’ll forgive the expression) an ‘executive order.’

The Homeland Security Department said last month, when The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, that AP’s report was “categorically false.”

You mean someone in the Obama administration lied? What another shock.

Sanchez, 18, was an immigrant from Peru who has overstayed a visitor visa that allowed him to enter the United States. He eventually was arrested at his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6. He has since been released from an immigration jail and is facing deportation. Sanchez has declined to speak to the AP.

After the AP story, which cited an unnamed U.S. official involved in the case, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and six other Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Obama administration for details about the incident.

Notice that it was Republicans in the Senate who pursued this story. Not any of the so-called investigative reporters from our one party news media.

According to those documents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Newark had arranged to arrest Sanchez at the local prosecutor’s office on Oct. 25. That was fewer than two weeks before the election.

Noting that Sanchez was a volunteer in Menendez’s Senate office, ICE officials in New Jersey advised that the arrest “had the possibility of garnering significant congressional and media interest” and were “advised to postpone the arrest” until officials in Washington gave approval. The documents describe a conference call between officials Washington [sic] and New Jersey to “determine a way forward, given the potential sensitivities surrounding the case.”

The senators, in a letter to the Homeland Security Department, said the agency documents showed that Sanchez’s arrest “was delayed by six weeks,” as AP had reported.

So DHS lied. Where is the outrage?

But note once again that it’s just vague "officials [in] Washington" who ordered this postponement. The AP doesn’t seem interested in finding out exactly who.

They asked for details about the department’s review of potentially sensitive, high profile immigration cases when arrests are delayed.

In a letter Monday, Assistant DHS Secretary Nelson Peacock said an allegation that the government delayed Sanchez’s arrest “for political purposes” was categorically false. Neither the unnamed U.S. official cited in AP’s original story or the senators in their letters to the department had specifically alleged that the arrest had been delayed for political purposes.

Of course it wasn’t delayed for political purposes. It was a matter of logistics.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez’s immigration case, told AP last month that the department had instructed federal agents not to arrest Sanchez until after Election Day

But no way was it political. By the way, shouldn’t the aforementioned Assistant DHS Secretary, Nelson Peacock, be made to explain his lies misinformation?

Menendez, D-N.J., who advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies, was re-elected on Nov. 6 with 58 percent of the vote.

So now it’s safe for the truth to trickle out.

Menendez said last month that his staff was notified about the case immediately before AP’s story, he learned about the case from the AP and he knew nothing about whether or why DHS had delayed the arrest

And we believe him, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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