ICEing Down The Costa Mesa Jail
This is a very interesting turn of events. Just two weeks ago Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, in a letter to the editor in the Daily Pilot, rejected as an unnecessary redundancy our young jailer/mayor's plan to cross designate Costa Mesa officers to perform this task. Following that announcement there was speculation that ICE wouldn't enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Costa Mesa for a variety of reasons - the sheriff's letter and costs being the primary reasons mentioned.
As reported at Itchingpost.com, via the Orange County Register, ICE will provide "one federal agent to staff the Costa Mesa jail, to check whether suspected criminals are in the country lawfully". According to the article, "illegal immigrants could be subject to deportation under the plan, which would be federally funded".
If this plan evolves as reported tonight, it certainly validates Mayor Mansoor's mantra about the federal government doing it's job by screening aliens. I suspect the emergency room at Hoag Hospital will be filled with Mansoor supporters tomorrow, as they seek treatment for the pulled muscles and hernias they get from strutting around, all puffed up with arrogant self-importance. Just when you thought they couldn't possibly be more obnoxious...
There are more than a couple questions as yet unanswered. For example, will the federal agent screen every single person brought to the jail? One report implies the answer is yes. Does this mean they will screen and recommend for deportation those folks brought to the jail for infractions that do not meet the mayor's criteria of dangerous felons? Can we expect to see folks charged with loitering, broken tail lights, jaywalking and other similar infractions being screened and deported?
It's really going to be interesting to watch this play out.