In an interview with local Tucson radio host Garrett Lewis on KNST 97.1, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu reported that on June 27th, one of his deputies left without assistance from ICE during a stop of a 17 year old undocumented entrant.
The deputy had called the feds after stopping the youth for travelling 85 mph in a 35 mph zone. The vehicle also unsafely passed another vehicle while using the two way left turn lane.
Lewis asked the Sheriff to recount the deputy’s stop. The Sheriff said at 4:45 p.m. one of his deputies stopped a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Hispanic male who verbally identified himself and told the deputy he was driving in such a reckless manner because he was “late for work.”
The driver told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license and could not obtain any identification, since he lacked proper documentation required to qualify. He also said that his parents are also in the United States illegally. He told the deputy he was born in Mexico. When asked where he lived he stated, “Little Mexico.” The driver said that he could not remember his exact home address.
The deputy notified his supervisor of his stop and then notified U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The deputy explained to the ICE representative he had a 17-year-old juvenile stopped who had committed two misdemeanors, had no identification. The young male admitted both he and his parents were in the United States illegally.
The ICE representative asked how long the individual had been in the United States. The deputy told him the juvenile said he was born in Mexico but claimed to have been living in the United States for the majority of his life. The deputy was told by ICE that since he was in the United States for more than five years, they were not interested in him unless he committed a felony crime.
The deputy asked the ICE representative about the parents whom the juvenile said were illegally in the United States as well. The ICE representative told him that if the parents have been in the United States for five years or more also, he was not going to take any action against them either.
The driver was cited and released to his mother who responded to the scene. The vehicle impounded for 30 days due to the fact it was operated on the roadways without a licensed driver.
Lewis has the well-known and popular Sheriff on as a regular guest. The Sheriff told Lewis that the young man would now learn that he didn’t need to obey the law, he didn’t need to get insurance, and “it tears down the very foundation of who we are as Americans and the rule of law. People who have complete disregard for the law come here and now we are put back on our heels. The President tries to make us feel like we’re racist if we say anything about it and that is unacceptable.”
Babeu told Lewis that in the past, they would have arrested the young man and put him on a “hold” status until ICE responded to arrest him. This was the first case that the Sheriff knew of since the President granted de facto amnesty last month.
The Sheriff questioned whether the federal government would now require the states to issue drivers licenses to undocumented entrants.
The Sheriff praised the “hero Border patrol agents,” but criticized the “higher ups” who “have tipped our country upside down.”
To listen to the interview click here.