Caving into the demands of a leftist civil rights group, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has terminated an enforcement program that apprehends illegal immigrants in California’s central valley.

The unbelievable story comes out of Kern County in Bakersfield, which is considered the heart of the nation’s most populous state. The increasingly powerful American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) didn’t like that the DHS agency responsible for deporting illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was doing its job.

So the ACLU, which has repeatedly shown to wield tremendous power in the Obama administration, fired off a letter demanding that the “abusive” arrests cease immediately because they were creating a “culture of fear” among the undocumented. Evidently, ICE was arresting illegal immigrants who conducted state business at the Kern County Courthouse. Some were paying fines, appearing for court hearings or getting married, the ACLU writes in its letter.

One Mexican illegal alien (Hector Esquivel Chavez) arrested by ICE had shown up at the Bakersfield courthouse to pay a ticket for driving without a license. This really bothered the ACLU, which expresses anger in its letter that the 19-year-old man got deported even though he produced a Mexican document called “matricula consular,” which is meaningless in the U.S. “Mr. Esquivel Chavez has now been separated from his family for nearly a month and may never be able to reunite with them – all because he attempted to pay his ticket as the law demands,” the ACLU writes.

Ironically, the civil rights group also blasts DHS for impeding residents from complying with the law—even though their presence in the U.S. violates federal law—and accessing essential court services by arresting them. This undermines the public health and safety of the entire Kern County community, according to the ACLU. The courthouse roundups demonstrate the “need for ICE to alter its policies and trainings nationwide,” the ACLU writes in the letter to DHS.

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