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Posted on 08/12/2012 6:53:45 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Blanca Perez was selling ice cream in the San Fernando Valley last year when police arrested her, seized her cart, tossed her frozen treats and sent her fingerprints to federal immigration authorities. She pleaded guilty to illegal vending and, just as she was to be released, was told she was to be held for officers of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Now advocates are hailing a controversial bill weaving its way through the California Legislature as a means to prevent suspected illegal immigrants picked up for minor offenses from spending extended time in jail beyond their scheduled release. The legislation, passed in the state Senate last month and pending in the Assembly, is vehemently opposed by the California State Sheriffs' Association. The association said Assembly Bill 1081, by Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is destined to cause friction between local police and U.S. immigration officers. "We're adamantly, actively and unalterably opposed," said Nick Warner, legislative director for the Sheriffs' Association. "It puts the sheriffs in conflict with federal law and immigration policy."
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Under an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), those found to be in the country illegally are referred to immigration authorities. Blanca Perez knows this first hand.
She was arrested Feb. 7 for selling ice cream outside Van Nuys Elementary School.
The City of Los Angeles Municipal Code prohibits vendors from selling items within 500 feet of the nearest property line of any school.
Sgt. Ray Puettmann of the Van Nuys Station said he was not aware of any organized operations of street vendors, but acknowledged that one of their lead officers is enforcing this ordinance because of complaints from neighbors and school officials.
It is against the law to sell around the schools, he noted.
Perez said she knew this, but as with other ice cream vendors interviewed, she also said that the area around schools present the biggest selling areas.
Thats where we can sell a little bit more because of the children, she said.
Perez was detained with two other people who were selling hotdogs and corn. She said the hotdog vendor has already been deported, while the corn vendor was released on bail.
After being held at the Van Nuys jail, Perez was sent to the Womens Detention Center in Lynwood where she told authorities she was in the country illegally and was referred to the Immigration Detention Center in Santa Ana.
Authorities let her go after she pleaded with them on behalf of her 10-month-old son, whom she had left with a babysitter. Shes now provisionally freed, but must wear an electronic monitor on her ankle, which, she said, embarrasses her.
I didnt commit any crime to be having to wear this, she said. She is currently awaiting an immigration court date and ponders her future. Perez came to the United States from Mexico with high hopes for a better future.
Walking Many Miles Each Day for Little Money
The Perez arrest worries fellow ice cream vendors.I do feel fearful, but this is the way we make a living, said Felipe Olmedo, an ice cream vendor who on any given day walks some 20 miles through the areas of North Hollywood, Pacoima, San Fernando and Sylmar.
He said profits amount to some $30 or $40 at the end of the day and most of it comes from school areas.
You sell very little during the day because children are in school. We go to schools to try to make some sales, he said. He added hes never been given a ticket or citation, but has been warned by authorities on several occasions.
Theyve stopped me, but they only warn me. If Im close to a school and they tell me to move, I do it to not get in trouble, said Olmedo, whos been selling ice cream for the past two years. Sometimes if were on the other side of the street from a school, they dont tell us anything.
Maria Barranca, another ice cream vendor, also says shes concerned she might end up like Perez.
I think its unfair, she said. Were not doing anything bad. Were just selling ice cream.
The ice cream is a minor offense, like a lemonade stand. The major offense is the immigration law breach!
This is just a PRO CRIMINAL law.
If you haven't figured it out yet it is time to flee California. They're turning loose the Mexican gangs to steal your stuff at will.
You want a sanctuary policy? Ok, no federal tax dollars.
No one will do it because it's political suicide. We're past the tipping point which was probably twenty years ago.
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