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ICE Performs Warrantless Raid Of Private Farm; Draws Heat From State And Federal Officials

from the 'rule-of-law,'-my-ass dept

A recent ICE raid of a New York farm made national headlines thanks to the agency's apparent disregard for the Fourth Amendment, among other things. The show of force, coupled with the lack of Constitutional compliance, presented ICE as ruthless enforcers of the law. But there's not much respect for the "rule of law" contained in these actions, no matter how the current administration -- with its emphasis on expelling foreigners from the US -- presents itself.

John Collins was standing outside the milk house at his dairy farm this morning when he heard yelling coming from inside. He ran in, he says, and saw his worker, Marcial de Leon Aguilar, pinned up against the window by armed men.

The men did not identify themselves and were screaming at Aguilar, Collins said.

"I run and say, 'What the hell is going on in here?'" Collins said.

Then the men told Collins they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He asked them for a warrant or some paperwork to explain what they were doing. They had none, he said, so he ordered them to get off his property and leave Aguilar alone.

As this happened, Collins said, Aguilar's children watched. They were waiting nearby for the school bus to come. Collins said the officers put Aguilar in handcuffs and took him across the rural road to their vehicles. At least seven officers had come onto the small farm, Collins said.

This resulted in immediate backlash from prominent New York government officials. Governor Andrew Cuomo sent an angry letter [PDF] to the agency chastising it for its apparent refusal to respect Constitutional protections.

Your agency's aggressive claims of upholding the rule of law belie the fact that the pattern of conduct and blatant constitutional violations committed by both agents in the field and regional leadership actually reflect a readiness to sink to lawlessness.

[...]

The persistent failure of your agents to properly identify themselves or produce required documentation to conduct lawful searches and arrests is illegal and creates significant risk of harm to all New Yorkers, including law enforcement who have also been left unaware of your activities within the communities they are entrusted to protect.

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand followed the governor's letter with a demand for a federal investigation.

Unbelievably, ICE thinks its actions -- a warrantless raid conducted on private property -- are Constitutional.

Agents were within their rights to be on the farm and did not need a warrant, ICE spokesperson Khaalid Walls told [Vice Media's Eoin Higgins] in an email. The agency said that its actions were justified because de Leon-Aguilar's wife Virginia, who is enrolled in the Alternatives to Detention program, which allows her to stay out of immigration detention while she goes through immigration court proceedings, had missed a number of appointments.

"After having missed several scheduled reporting dates," said Walls, "the resident was deemed to be out of compliance with the terms of the program, necessitating a home visit, which does not require a judicial warrant."

This is wrong. First of all, the raided farm was private property. Even if a home visit was in order, the home resided on property owned by someone else. This wasn't a rental property with only a door separating residents from the outside world. And this was no "home visit." The plainclothes ICE officers showed up, trespassed on private property, and effected an arrest. No permission to enter was sought and no warrant was presented.

ICE can't honestly say it doesn't need warrants to perform these actions. Its own training manual (published by Unicorn Riot) stresses the need for warrants. Searches still require warrants, even if they're looking for illegal activity. ICE can search businesses for illegal workers, but it still needs "Blackie's" warrants (named after a 1981 case brought against the INS), which allow the government to search for people, rather than property. There is no known warrant exception to intrude on private land to search for illegal workers. ICE may feel the Alternatives to Detention program gives it the right to search homes occupied by members of the program (and it does), but when the home resides on property owned by a US citizen, the barrier to entry remains a search warrant. The immigrant arrested in this case had proper documentation to work and resided in a house owned by John Collins on the Collins' property. To reach the house, ICE had to enter private property owned by someone ICE had zero interest in: a legal resident and American citizen.

The lawsuit that's certain to follow this intrusion will sort out the Constitutionality of ICE's actions. At this point, they appear completely unconstitutional, but qualified immunity and the good faith exception may allow the agency to escape liability for the actions of its officers.


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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 3:38am

    We have to trample your rights to protect you!!!
    Stop squirming, we're tasing you for your own good.

    Perhaps ICE would like to explain why if they were looking for the wife, they decided to detain someone else.

    This 'Merika is what you signed up for when you demanded to be protected at all costs & surrendered your rights to create a safety bubble.

    While you might think they only use it on bad people...
    They violated the farmers rights, the rule of law, & harassed someone working legally.

    Perhaps it is time to stop pretending they are super soldiers that are our only defense against the horde. That perhaps all of the cover they;ve been given time & time again for their actions have turned them into those willing to abuse anyone who crosses their path b/c nothing bad happens to them.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 3:57am

      Re:

      Perhaps ICE would like to explain why if they were looking for the wife, they decided to detain someone else.

      Would that be grounds for an action for false arrest, especially as it would be hard to argue mistaken identity.

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        Valkor, 4 May 2018 @ 6:01am

        Re: Re:

        Mistaken identity? What are you, some kind of regressive transphobe? You don't know how Ms. Virginia de Leon-Aguilar identifies!

        Seriously, there's no excuse to cuff the guy.
        Oh wait, he's brown. Hey ICE, quit being assholes! The whole Internet can see you now.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 4:03am

    Stupid or brave?

    The way the ICE Agents acted seems like a very good way to get killed and the killers acquitted. Unidentified men with guns, passaulting his staff. If he had a gun at hand and opened fire he would have a damn good claim to self defense. Plainsclothes make his belief very reasonable too. He wasn't obligated to act first in a very dangerous situation.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 5:31am

      Re: Stupid or brave?

      100% agree. From this article and others, ICE was not following their own rules and honestly need to be shut down. The constitution says we are all free to pursue life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It says nothing about having to be a citizen for that to happen.

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        Gee Whiz, 4 May 2018 @ 12:40pm

        Re: Re: Stupid or brave?

        Agreed.

        Alas, massing with pitchforks just doesn't cut it these days.

        No accountability in sight!

        Insane criminals running amok.

        Working on moving to an alternate reality.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 1:19pm

        Re: Re: Stupid or brave?

        Isn't the entire state of New York a Constitution-free zone? In that case, ICE doesn't have to care about the Constitution, do they?

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:17am

      Re: Stupid or brave?

      I would like to see them attempt same in Texas or Arizona maybe.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 4:12am

    This is wrong. First of all, the raided farm was private property.

    ICE must have mistook the farm for a Motel 6.

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    David, 4 May 2018 @ 4:50am

    Stupid question:

    Wouldn't qualified immunity and the good faith exception have exhaustively covered concentration camp guard activities?

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      Ryunosuke (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 7:51am

      Re: Stupid question:

      I was about to say, from reading history, IF you want to know what the German Roundup during WW2 looks like, This is it.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:01am

        Re: Re: Stupid question:

        no you silly fuck, this is not it.

        The German roundup was clearly worse as evidenced by people not hiding in secret basements and openly working inside of the property in visible sight complete with children in proximity and also not in hiding.

        While neither of these events are okay, constantly comparing minor events to major events as though they are one and the same eventually gives everyone the "little boy who cryied wolf" syndrome. You are only damaging your position by advancing this shit.

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          Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 8:19am

          Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

          The German roundup ended up being worse, but it had a start. What did that look like?

          What is currently going on the the US does look like a start (maybe the same, maybe not) and it is not hard to extrapolate a similar end. Maybe we can change it before it gets too bad, but if we don't, it might become worse than the German roundup.

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            Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:55am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

            So? The anti-gun lobby is doing the same thing...

            Everything starts somewhere, but to draw a final conclusion by directly comparing it to something demonstrably worse but calling it samesies is a tad bit juvenile and self serving.

            What you are seeing is the same thing that has been going on for a long time. There has been a consistent and intentional effort to erode the constitution to the point where it no longer matters.

            There are efforts to take away guns,
            there are efforts to silence certain speech,
            there are efforts to divide people by group and ethnicity,
            there are efforts to imprison innocents for commercial gain.
            there are efforts to make people think that the constitution means something it does not through changes in language and redefining what things mean for political expediency.

            "Maybe we can change it before it gets too bad, but if we don't, it might become worse than the German roundup."

            Well that depends on the benchmark you use now doesn't it? In some ways we are worse, but for now... we are not worse in that way yet and we are a long way off of "that" mark!

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          Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:21am

          Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

          It all starts out nice and civil like .. and then the shit hits the fan.

          Nothing like what happened in the past, noooo - not at all like that. Uh-huh

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            Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:00am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

            Hey, I am a big fan of the slippery slope theory, but there is no intention to mass murder these people.

            What we have is law enforcement breaking the law under the guise of enforcing the law, something that happens all the fucking time without nearly a single fucking person willing to change who they vote for in their "religious" political parties.

            I bet if this ranch had guns instead of illegals that story would be different now would it not? would you make the same we are becoming Germany remarks then?

            would you be saying...
            "It all starts out nice and civil like .. and then the shit hits the fan."

            And for the record, I do agree that is is not good, I just don't agree with trying to place it at the level of the holocaust.

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              Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 12:05pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

              "there is no intention to mass murder these people."
              - and you would know this how?

              "enforcement breaking the law under the guise of enforcing the law,"
              - and this is ok?

              " if this ranch had guns"
              - like branch davidian?

              "would you make the same we are becoming Germany remarks"
              - When did I make any such remark?

              So, you agree this does not look good but defend it - weird.

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                Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 1:38pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

                "- and you would know this how?"

                *giggle*... are you saying otherwise? You have the burden of proof in this case backwards. If the intention was to mass murder them... I think we would be having a very different conversation. Or lets just say at the very least... they are hiding the intent to mass murder people pretty well considering.

                "- and this is ok?"

                ah yes... the good ole advance a false premise that the person you are arguing with never advanced.

                Of course it is not OKAY... you knob!

                "- like branch davidian?"

                okay... that is a complete non sequitur. There was a warrant involved in that raid right?

                "- When did I make any such remark?"

                Do you know the difference between a statement and a question? I was asking a question... *giggle*


                "So, you agree this does not look good but defend it - weird."

                ah... now here is something we can work with. Yes, I will stand up and defend peoples rights even if I do not like the person they might defend. Why? Well I would tell you but you are too fucking stupid to know any better. You can't even tell the different between a statement or a question and there is little chance you are capable of understanding anything other than how to shit in your diaper. I am hopeful that you have the potential to improve since you at least found some way to post your message as fucking retarded and ignorant as it was.


                You either stand up for all rights, or you stand up for zero rights. Hope ICE raids your ass and deports you to fucking pluto!

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                  Anonymous Coward, 5 May 2018 @ 7:34am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Stupid question:

                  You seem to be "standing up" for this not for others, but because it is what you think.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 10:13am

      Re: Stupid question:

      No, that stuff was legal at the time. No need for exceptions.

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        David, 4 May 2018 @ 1:52pm

        Re: Re: Stupid question:

        It wasn't legal according to basic human rights codified later on. Basically the Nuremberg Laws stated that there are crimes laws cannot excuse.

        But qualified immunity is there exactly for the kind of crimes the laws do not excuse prima facie.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 5:40am

    as with ALL USA law enforcement, they know exactly what they need to comply with the law at AL TIMES but choose to ignore it! they think they are above the law and the way the constitution has been constantly ignored and erroded, i'm actually surprised that it hasn't been thrown out completely. let's face it, it holds nowhere near the water it did or should still, mainly because the Justice dept, DoJ, TSA, ICE and others are throwing it under the bus, just to be able to do what they have been told to do by those in even higher places, and that includes totally illegal actions such as this one!!

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 May 2018 @ 7:35am

      Re:

      "they know exactly what they need to comply with the law at AL TIMES"

      I doubt it

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        Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 5 May 2018 @ 8:00am

        Re: Re:

        Oh, they probably do know what they need to comply with the law at all times, the issues are do they care and/or are they fulfilling a higher authorities approach to authoritarianism.

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    Anonymous Hero, 4 May 2018 @ 6:12am

    Wait a minute...

    Even if ICE doesn't need a warrant (which doesn't seem to be the case), the wife was the person who allegedly missed appointments, not the husband who was arrested (or detained, or rendered, or whatever it is that ICE does to people).

    What is the plan? Hold him for ransom until the wife turns herself in? I'd like to see the statute that allows you to arrest relatives of a suspect and hold them for ransom until the actual suspect turns him/herself in.

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      cal, 4 May 2018 @ 6:39am

      Re: warrant

      ... a judicial arrest warrant would still be "legally" required here, no matter who ICE was after.

      Of course, LEO's are generally well above the law and there will be no personal consequences for the ICE thugs involved here. But keep faithfully going to the voting booths every Novemeber -- your voting really really controls the government and makes them do right(?)

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      Agammamon, 4 May 2018 @ 8:48am

      Re: Wait a minute...

      Its in the penumbras of the Necessary and Proper clause.

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    PaulT (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 6:24am

    "The agency said that its actions were justified because de Leon-Aguilar's wife Virginia... had missed a number of appointments.

    "the resident was deemed to be out of compliance with the terms of the program, necessitating a home visit"

    OK.... So, why does "home visit" mean trespassing on someone's property to kidnap their spouse? Wouldn't "home visit" mean "we need to come inside and ask a few questions"?

    "which does not require a judicial warrant"

    Common courtesy might also not be a legal requirement, but it sure would help make everyone's lives easier.

    "At least seven officers had come onto the small farm, Collins said."

    Why does a "home visit" for what's essentially a paperwork issue need 7 people?

    Another day, another US police force apparently being too eager to go overboard whenever they have half the chance to show when "big men" they are. The only surprise is that they didn't decide to go in shooting once challenged.

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    Anonymous Hero, 4 May 2018 @ 6:59am

    > Why does a "home visit" for what's essentially a paperwork issue need 7 people?

    1 person to forget the paper work and 6 people to scream curse-words while waving around assault rifles.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 7:07am

    bull fucking shit!!!

    "This resulted in immediate backlash from prominent New York government officials."

    Nothing but mouth running, until the officers and agencies involved start getting arrested for breaking the fucking law all this "backlash" is nothing more than public opinion buying.

    It's not going to stop, they are just going to keep fucking going until we are used to it enough to stop bitching about it. As usual!

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:26am

      Re: bull fucking shit!!!

      "used to it enough to stop bitching about it"

      That never happens, but the beatings continue until it stops

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    Ninja (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 7:15am

    At least nobody died. I can imagine some PDs in the US shooting and then comming with the excuse "oopsie, the guy tried to resist" even if the shot was point blank in the back of the head.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 7:19am

    This was a stress test. pure and simple.
    See how far you can push simply going places and slowly but surely take over the government by consolidating a LOT of fear and power.

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    Agammamon, 4 May 2018 @ 7:28am

    . . . coupled with the lack of Constitutional compliance,

    If I'm not mistaken, ICE is excempt from the warrant requirement of the 4th amendment - especially within 100 miles of a national border.

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      YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 7:39am

      Re:

      That is incorrect.
      There is NO place within our borders that is exempt from the Constitution.
      Anyone who says otherwise is a traitor to this country and is committing acts of treason.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:07am

        Re: Re:

        There is NO place in existence that is exempt from the Constitution when the US Government is dealing with a US Citizen or their property.

        Also, treason has a very specific "constitutionally codified" definition and this does not quality for that. If you are going to go hardball how about you get some actual facts straight first?

        If you can't get it right, how do you expect them to get it right?

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          YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 11:05am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Considering their "oaths" of "office" which include devotion to and defense of "the constitution", I would say game on then.

          Treason certainly does apply considering the "HARM" to the "PUBLIC" caused by their unconstitutional actions.
          Those are certifiably treasonous actions.

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            Thad, 4 May 2018 @ 12:02pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            I think maybe you should give the Wikipedia article on treason laws in the United States a read.

            Also, the one on quotation marks in English.

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              YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 5:56pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Yeah, since Wikipedia is a treasure-trove of false-statements, lies and damned-lies.

              Sorry. I'll stick to Merriam-Webster's definition which states that treason is anything that causes significant harm to the country and/or its people.

              ICE is causing significant damage to its people.

              'nuff Said.

              OH, it also makes ICE a bunch of flaming terrorists to boot, which is why they belong in Gitmo, without the ability to ever be paroled or released, waterboarded 23.99 hours a day.

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                Madd the Sane (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 7:02pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Treason is very narrowly-defined by the US Constitution itself. I wouldn't be surprised if they did that because Great Britain was using any excuse to mark someone as "treasonous" and have them executed.

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                Uriel-238 (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 10:25pm

                "a treasure-trove of false-statements"

                Wikipedia has an error rate under that of the Encyclopedia Britannica and is rather transparent about its errors and how they are handled.

                In the meantime Merriam-Webster is still a top-down institution.

                Feel free to confirm facts from multiple sources, but no one source controls words.

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                BobsOMG, 5 May 2018 @ 1:12pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                You do realize that Webster's Dictionary is not a legal document, right?

                People tend to get pedantic about the word "treason", as it relates to Trump, because it doesn't actually mean anything in the legal sense. There isn't currently anything indicating that Trump would be guilty of anything that would include the word "treason".

                Is he guilty of other crimes, like obstruction of justice, campaign finance violations, and any number of possible election fraud statutes? It seems to be quite possible, even likely, that he is. We just have to wait for the investigation to get to that point, and it may be a while yet.

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        Agammamon, 4 May 2018 @ 8:45am

        Re: Re:

        "In United States criminal law, the border search exception or doctrine is a doctrine that allows searches and seizures at international borders and their functional equivalent without a warrant or probable cause.[1] The doctrine is not regarded as an exception to the Fourth Amendment, but rather to its requirement for a warrant or probable cause.

        Federal law allows certain federal agents to conduct search and seizures within 100 miles of the border into the interior of the United States. The Supreme Court has clearly and repeatedly confirmed that the border search exception applies within 100 miles of the border of the United States as seen in cases such as United States v. Martinez-Fuerte . . ."

        In any case - this is certainly a rights violation, but its not a constitutional violation. Our rights do not come from the constitution.

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          Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 8:52am

          Re: Re: Re:

          I hear ya. But is there anything, anywhere that says the Supreme Court cannot be wrong? The Constitution says a warrant is required, it says nothing about exceptions, at least so far as the 4th Amendment is concerned. So my reading is that it is in fact a Constitutional violation, and the Supreme Court got it wrong.

          Now, what we might do about that is yet another discussion.

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            Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:10am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "So my reading is that it is in fact a Constitutional violation, and the Supreme Court got it wrong."

            You are correct, but we have long since stopped using comment sense.

            The founders were short sighted and never thought that people would intentionally abuse the meaning of the word written to justify anything.

            Then again... the founders were only writing a Constitution for an agreement between the "Central Federal Government" and the "States". The Constitution did not get applied to "State" and "Citizens" until after the 14th.

            A lot of people have a whole fucking lot of things wrong and the problem is that no one is going to make the efforts to correct what all went wrong with he 14th. Because as long as there is no "exception" given in the 4th... based on pure technical detail... a cop cannot arrest someone shooting someone else without a warrant, but we don't stop that for political expediency. The word "reasonable" has been entirely abused and used to mean something it does not mean now.

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            YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 11:07am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            I think Thomas Jefferson had it right.
            Throw out the government, the baby (trump) with the bathwater, start fresh.

            Every 30 years I think it was.

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        cm6029 (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 12:35pm

        Re: Re:

        Oh, I would respectfully differ. Gov Cuomo's comments to ICE regarding their trampling of the 4th Amendment are to be taken with a grain of salt. It might have been more appropriate if he wrote something like : "How dare you treat the 4th Amendment the same way that I treat the 2nd Amendment?"

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    YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 7:38am

    Gitmo needs some more ICE.

    Seems to me that some ICE agents should be sent to Gitmo.
    Because hey, we can and they can't fight it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:19am

    Considering this was the agency that for some reason has turned into yet another intellectual property enforcement arm for the seizing of CDs and T-shirts, is it any surprise that their first reflex is to ignore protocol based on mere allegations?

    They learned it from their copyright paymasters...

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:29am

      Re:

      Is ICE an acronym for: International Copyright Enforcement?

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        Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 8:33am

        Re: Re:

        International powers? Don't give them any ideas. That is, not that they haven't thought about it, they just haven't had the chutzpah to try practicing it yet. They are very jealous of the FBI in this regard.

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          Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:18am

          Re: Re: Re:

          "they just haven't had the chutzpah to try practicing it yet."

          that we "know of" that is....

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          Uriel-238 (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 1:17pm

          International powers.

          Remember it was ICE that raided the Dotcom residence.

          So they might think they have international powers. They certainly do when no one stops them and they're working as mercenaries for the MPAA.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:01am

      Re: You LOONY pirates REALLY do blame copyright for everything!

      They learned it from their copyright paymasters...

      HA, HA!

      And SHEESH.

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        Anonymous Coward, 5 May 2018 @ 10:27pm

        Re: Re:

        You might have a point had those incidents not actually happened.

        What the fuck is it with copyright? Every damn branch of law enforcement is at your beck and call. What, murder and rape not serious enough for you?

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          Uriel-238 (profile), 5 May 2018 @ 11:51pm

          Murder and rape...

          ...hurt human beings.

          Copyright infringement takes (alleged) money from companies.

          Guess who has priority in the industrialized world?

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            Anonymous Coward, 6 May 2018 @ 2:23am

            Re: Murder and rape...

            There's also the fact that humans only last for so long.

            Copyright will always last seventy years longer.

            And if you pay the government enough, that number gets even bigger...

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        Anonymous Coward, 6 May 2018 @ 2:22am

        Re: Re:

        Haven't you heard? Copyright and intellectual property law is everywhere. If it didn't exist, supermarkets would crumble overnight because people would magically not be able to purchase food.

        Maybe you shouldn't have your all-encompassing reach cover so damn much if you're not going to take responsibility for your actions, jackass.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 8:36am

    Armed, no warrent, no id

    Castle doctrine.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:00am

    IF goes to court, you'll believe the "Unbelievable", Techdirt.

    Did you at all read what quoted -- and know underlying law?

    Agents were within their rights to be on the farm and did not need a warrant, ICE spokesperson Khaalid Walls told [Vice Media's Eoin Higgins] in an email. The agency said that its actions were justified because de Leon-Aguilar's wife Virginia, who is enrolled in the Alternatives to Detention program, which allows her to stay out of immigration detention while she goes through immigration court proceedings, had missed a number of appointments.

    "After having missed several scheduled reporting dates," said Walls, "the resident was deemed to be out of compliance with the terms of the program, necessitating a home visit, which does not require a judicial warrant."

    The agreement (and gov't prerogatives) DOES supersede any "rights" held by an immigrant. You're trying usual tactic of obscuring with irrelevant details, when in practical fact whatever "private property" where "Aguilar's children watched" from is close enough to a "home".

    NOTE ALSO THAT "farmer" (exploiter) complaining may well be guilty of some crime, at least of knowingly hiring an immigrant (and sheltering entire family!) rather than an American.

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      YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 11:10am

      Re: IF goes to court, you'll believe the "Unbelievable", Techdirt.

      Did *YOU* read the article idiot?

      It was "SOMEONE ELSE'S" property.

      ICE has NO standing and should probably have been arrested on site for trespassing at the minimum.

      Self-defense would certainly be applicable considering the "malice" portrayed by the criminal organization known as ICE.

      Those members of ICE are the ones that need to be deported, preferably to gitmo with the other terrorists.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 11:15am

        Re: Re: IF goes to court, you'll believe the

        I repeat, Castle Doctrine.

        Depending on the state and the owner's capabilities, ICE would have several job openings.

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        Chip, 4 May 2018 @ 4:01pm

        Its "Like" looking an a LVING "mirror"!

        Every Nation eats the Paint chips it Deserves!

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      The Wanderer (profile), 5 May 2018 @ 4:03pm

      Say we concede that this agreement supersedes the rights of the immigrant in question.

      How does that agreement in any way suspend the rights of the landlord, who is not an immigrant, and on whose property the immigrant lives?

      Sure, under that concession, the immigrant can't bar the government from coming into the house to conduct a visit.

      But the government can't get *to* the house without crossing the landlord's property; the landlord is not a party to the agreement, is not an immigrant, and had not granted the government permission to enter or cross his property.

      If the government wants to enter the landlord's property in order to reach the house where the immigrant lives, the government needs either the landlord's permission (which for all we know they might have gotten, if they'd been upfront about it and asked) or a warrant.

      (...also, since when is "hiring an immigrant rather than an American" a crime? Even Trump does it, for his resorts...)

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    rebrad (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 9:12am

    Thanks ICE

    Thanks ICE for doing your jobs. It's time to remove every illegal alien wherever they are hiding. Please insure that you arrest and charge the farmer for illegally harboring known illegals and they're children. Please expel them with all speed. Again, keep up the good work despite the dangerous conditions you have to work under. We are proud of you.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:21am

      Re: Thanks ICE

      uh.... did you read the article? ICE did NOT do their jobs. They broke the law instead.

      I want illegals removed as well, but breaking the law to do it is bullshit! You are part of the problem if you are okay with this, then you have no fucking standing to bitch when your guns are taken!

      Then only thing you just said in translation is!

      "Yay, I love it when the police state acts like this! Yay for the Police State!"

      Fuck you, you are everything wrong with America right now!

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        YaToG, 4 May 2018 @ 11:15am

        Re: Re: Thanks ICE

        so, you want ICE to go back in time and kill Columbus and all the other "explorers" right? Native Americans are the only "legal" residents of this country.

        We're the illegal immigrant descendants. If we're going to deport children of illegal immigrants, born in the US, then by god, we should all be deported.

        Pull your heads out of your collective asses.

        If they want to stay and work, let them, but make them pay taxes and social security and hit on the companies that try to pay under the table.

        Give them a cut of the penalties for turning in their employers, we'll have more money coming in to help pay taxes and other costs. Win-Win-Win.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 12:09pm

      Re: Thanks ICE

      Yes - by all means.

      ... and do not forget that melania trump was working in this country without a proper work visa

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    Pixelation, 4 May 2018 @ 9:27am

    It sure seems like ICE is the beginnings of the SS. Some people complain about that type of comparison but it needs to be addressed now rather than when too late.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 9:56am

      Re:

      No, this comparison is definitely apt, I would just say that we are long past the beginning. We had similar beginnings right when we started the war. America rounded up a Lot of Japanese during WWII. The 100 mile constitution free zone in America, and "I Feared for my life" being a valid excuse for Police to shoot unarmed people.

      We are at the mid point in my opinion, we just have not reached the acceptance of murdering people by group/ethnicity.... yet!

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 4 May 2018 @ 9:36am

    ICE has been groomed as Trump's Schutzstaffel.

    Trump and Sessions have given ICE a lot of carte blanche permission to do whatever they want to do to fill their internment camps with warm bodies.

    The waiting list for immigration court (by the DoJ, not the US court system) is huge and takes years to get to the top, and that's even if for US citizens that have been detained under false pretenses. ICE just simply doesn't provide suspects resources to prove citizenship or legitimate cause to be in the States, hence they're forced to suffer ICE jail (again, huge detention camps) for years.

    Given that the administrators have sworn loyalty to Trump and not the United States, ICE is already Trump's private army. He's just not yet used them outside their current mission to round up alleged immigrants at all costs.

    So it is absolutely no surprise that they haven't bothered with legitimizing paperwork for their raid. They don't have to meddle with it for most of their work, and still have the blessings of the White House and DoJ.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 10:57am

    might the "game warden exception" apply to immigration officers?

    It's perhaps been somewhat of a "rural legend" among hunters that the 4th Amendment simply does not apply to game wardens in their eternal search for contraband, whether in cars, cabins, or any other personal and private property. Historically, search warrants have been virtually unknown in these rural backwoods, and the usual big-city civil rights organizations have never taken much interest in the Constitutional rights of far-away hillbillies and rednecks who've historically been even more unaware of their own legal rights than the big-city ghetto dwellers that these NGOs have long crusaded for.

    But even when challenged, courts have granted game wardens the power to conduct warrantless searches that are above and beyond the powers that those same courts have allowed for ordinary cops. While some people might argue that game wardens play such an important role protecting wildlife, as well as operating in a highly regulated environment, that this should allow "normal" police use-of-force rules to be bent in their favor. But if game wardens are allowed to breach the 4th Amendment (and the US Supreme Court has no problem with this) then doesn't that open the door for other specialized enforcement agencies (including ICE) to likewise be granted a free pass on the 4th?

    https://ivn.us/2012/03/06/supreme-court-no-warrant-needed-for-ca-game-wardens-to-stop-cars/

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 May 2018 @ 4:45pm

    Remember Waco, Remember Kent State.

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    JenovaH, 5 May 2018 @ 11:19am

    Sounds like going all-out nazi-fasci ballistic.

    If I understand it well from those last few paragraphs, then ICE dept. de fact went with full-out launch of an ICBM in order to capture a little tiny squirrel sitting in plain open space.

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    JenovaH, 5 May 2018 @ 11:42am

    Sounds like going all-out nazi-fasci ballistic.

    If I understand it well from those last few paragraphs, then ICE dept. de fact went with full-out launch of an ICBM in order to capture a little tiny squirrel sitting in plain open space.

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    Rekrul, 12 May 2018 @ 4:30pm

    I know I'm late commenting on this, but I was sidelined by a medical issue for the last week.

    Anyway...

    I think it's time we all realized that there are no longer any meaningful constraints on what "law enforcement" can do. The bill of rights no longer matters. Cops and federal agents do whatever the hell they want and nobody can stop them. Even if a court rules that they broke the law, they just ignore this ruling and continue to break the law. If they get sued and lose, the taxpayers foot the bill and they go right on breaking the law. Even resisting the illegal actions of law enforcement has become a crime.

    Let's face it, we have a defacto police state and any "rights" you think you have will be decided by a court after you've been beaten, arrested, detained, and have your life ruined.

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