Sonoma County Sheriff Blasts ICE And Breitbart For ‘Misleading, Inflammatory’ Statements About Immigrant Arson Suspect: SFist

Giordano reiterates that to the Press Democrat saying, “This isn’t the guy who lit the fires, and to equate that is misleading and inflammatory and distracts from the mission we have helping our community recover from these fires.”Further, Giordano said that Homan’s claim that the Sheriff’s Office had failed to inform them of Gonzalez’s earlier releases was untrue. “Gonzalez has been in our jail approximately 8 times for minor misdemeanor offenses,” Giordano wrote in his statement. “We have notified ICE about his release in several of those arrests as they took place before our recent [sanctuary-related] policy change. We will continue to notify ICE if it complies with law and our policy. But as I stated earlier, they can seek a warrant and we will hold him.”ICE issued a detainer request for Gonzalez, and Sonoma County typically addresses these requests by informing ICE when undocumented suspects are released from their jail. Regardless of this policy, Giordano says, Gonzalez is currently being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, and is awaiting his next court date.”ICE attacked the Sheriff’s Office in the midst of the largest natural disaster this county has ever experienced,” Giordano says. “Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, many people have lost their homes and 23 people have died from this firestorm. ICE’s misleading statement stirs fear in some of our community members who are already exhausted and scared.”In addition to Breitbart trying to connect one undocumented man to the fires — which sprang up nearly simultaneously in eight separate counties the night of October 8 during intense wind conditions — another spurious news source suggested this week that Mexican drug cartels were responsible, in an effort to impede the growing legal marijuana growing industry in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. That report, like the Breitbart piece, had no evidence to cite for this.

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