As if upholding our nation’s immigration laws wasn’t hard enough, now we have those who “serve and protect” their communities bringing people across the border.
An LAPD officer was just arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle two undocumented immigrants into southeastern San Diego County.
The officer in question, Mambasse Koulabalo Patara, was stopped at a checkpoint and proceeded to tell border patrol agents that he was an off-duty cop. What he failed to mention was that his passengers, Herman Lopez and German Ramirez Gonzalez, were in the country illegally.
According to reports, the men had decided to take a trip to visit some casinos in Southern California. Now, they are being held by U.S. border patrol awaiting trial.
Friends and neighbors of officer Patara were shocked to discover that he was capable of trying to sneak people into the country.
Patara, a resident of Fontana, California, blindsided many folks in his community once word got out that he might face prison time for smuggling people across the border.
“I heard what happened, and I’m really shocked,” one woman said. “They’ve always just been a really nice family ever since my husband and I have lived here. […] There’s always multiple sides to every story, so I think that’s important for everyone to keep in mind […] before jumping to conclusions on these types of things.”
What exactly could the “other side” of the story be? Is it possible that Patara had no idea his passengers were in the U.S. illegally prior to their trip? Maybe. Then again, it’s awfully naive to think that Patara knew nothing about their immigration status, especially because one of them had worked for him previously.
Of course, something like this would only happen in the liberal hell-hole of California. The entire state is basically one big sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Even the governor has expressed his support for those who are in the country illegally, so why is it any surprise a civil servant would aid people who shouldn’t be here?
An LAPD spokesperson said that Patara has since been placed on administrative leave as he awaits to see what happens. If convicted, Patara could spend up to five years in prison.