We all know the story: a local man gets house broken into, the local man calls the police to report the break in. The police show up, attempt to confirm that no party was a criminal, and then police… turn over the break in victim to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he is an illegal alien.
Local police in Tukwila, Washington responded to a call from Wilson Rodriguez, who was reporting a break in at his home address. When they arrived, they ran the involved party’s through a background checking process which involved a national database that includes warrants from immigration enforcement agencies. They found that ICE had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Tukwila police turned over the man to ICE, and there is predictable outrage from the left over the incident.
The man’s friend stated that he “failed to appear in court” and that he has “the 30-day visa violation.” The friend stated that this was from 10 years ago when he violated his original visa terms.
Wilson Rodriguez was originally from Honduras, according to his friend.
His friend ended his comments, lamenting the way events occurred, “What is upsetting to me is that Wilson called for help cause someone was breaking into this house, and he ends up being arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs,” he said, oblivious to the irony in his statement as Rodriguez had illegally been staying in the United States for the last ten years.
Tukwila Police Officer Victor Masters issued a defensive statement, given the local politics of the notoriously “blue” state leanings of Washington state.
We do not inquire about the nationality or immigration status of suspects, victims, witnesses or others. In the incident that you inquired about, officers did a routine database check of names of the involved parties which is standard procedure when we investigate any potential crime or incident. One of the involved parties was found to have a warrant that had been entered into the NCIC database which was issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As with any warrant, we confirmed that the warrant was valid with the issuing authority. Once it was confirmed, that individual was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Had there been no warrant, we would not have been aware of this individual’s nationality or immigration status.
We respond to all crimes the same regardless of the reporting party’s nationality or immigration status. We are not aware of their status at any time unless they specifically mention it to us on their own or as in this case, they have a warrant issued by a federal immigration authority which has been entered into the NCIC database