Making Facts from Fictions- For cops who want to help ICE crack down on illegal immigration, Pennsylvania is a free-for-all

Pro Publica and The Philadelphia Inquirer Team Up and Mislead By Key Leaving Facts Behind in Reporting

Dale Russakoff and Deborah Sontag for ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 3 part story on calling police action on illegal immigrants into question took reporting to a place many say it doesn’t belong.

The story focuses mainly on one Pennsylvania State Trooper Luke C. Macke starting with an incident where Macke stops a vehicle with 10 Hispanic men. The story states none of the men have criminal records failing to note no officer knows the criminal record of anyone until identifying the person. The investigative team identified at least 17 people Macke referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017, not even  2 individuals per month.

The story declares it’s not Macke’s job involve himself on the Pennlive media website in a story republished April 17, 2018:

Macke is not trained or deputized as a federal immigration officer. No law enforcement official in Pennsylvania is, unlike those in states such as Georgia and Texas where many sheriffs’ offices have formal partnerships with the federal immigration agency.

The story fails to provide information Trooper Macke lacks the authority to detain an illegal alien or lacks the authority to contact ICE officials or must be trained and or deputized to exercise such authority.

The story cites Philadelphia police not cooperating except with a judicial repeating policies of many so called sanctuary cities,

 The city declines to hold anyone for ICE without a judicial warrant, even criminal suspects or inmates facing release.

Pro Publica fails to share so called judicial warrants cannot exist. Violations of immigration law fall under federal civil, not criminal law. As an example the power to enter one’s home by police requires a search warrant pursuant to a criminal investigation in most cases. The local code enforcement enters and inspects under the health and safety powers of the state delegated to local municipalities requiring no warrant with very real penalties for those failing to cooperate with officials.

Prosecutors build cases on probable cause requiring investigation and evidence to charge people with crimes. Often the first time federal authorities know of an illegal alien ends up being in first contacts, like those described in the story, with local and state police. Civil laws allow for illegal immigrants to be detained without bail with few of the rights available to a criminal defendant.