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ICE: Iraqi Refugee Used Wife, Children as Shields When Agents Showed Up To Arrest Him

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The left frequently insists that refugees who make their way into the United States are good people who just need a chance at a better life. While that’s undoubtedly the case in some instances, a certain percentage of migrants will never become upstanding citizens — and one Iraqi refugee definitely seems to have fallen into that category.

Ali Al-Sadoon is a 34-year-old migrant from the Middle East. Like so many, he had a chance to make something of himself but instead became caught up in crime. According to The Detroit News, Al-Sadoon was arrested for breaking and entering in 2013, an offense that led to the Department of Homeland Security to seek to deport him.

That deportation was drawn out until this year, but even that generous time frame apparently wasn’t enough for the lawbreaking refugee. In June, Al-Sadoon became a fugitive after he illegally ditched his tracking device and evaded authorities, who finally tracked him down Friday.

“On the day of his scheduled removal, Mr. Al-Sadoon cut his tether and absconded,” the newspaper reported. “After receiving information about Al-Sadoon’s whereabouts, HSI special agents positively identified Mr. Al-Sadoon in front of a residence in [Redford, Michigan] on July 26.”

He still refused to comply.

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“As agents approached, Al-Sadoon ran inside the residence, locked the door and barricaded the front and back doors with furniture and appliances.”

The Iraqi fugitive didn’t stop there. He allegedly resorted to extreme measures in a last-ditch effort to avoid capture.

“Agents identified themselves as police with an arrest warrant but Al-Sadoon refused to open the door,” Walls told The News. “Agents then arrested Al-Sadoon.”

(According to The Daily News, “Agents forced entry and allegedly used his minor children and wife as a shield, Walls said,” and The Western Journal originally printed that quotation without comment. It appears to be an obvious typo — Al-Sadoon, and not the federal agents, used his own family members as a shield, according to The News’ own headline. — Ed. note)

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The man’s wife, Belqis Florido, told the paper that her husband deserved a second chance. But court documents show that he’s already had that chance and repeatedly chose a life of crime.

“In 2004, he was sentenced to probation for unlawful use of a motor vehicle. In 2007, he was given probation again in two cases, one for larceny, the other for breaking-and-entering with intent,” said the newspaper.

That’s just the beginning of his criminal record, which lists multiple felonies ranging from safe-cracking to breaking and entering and fleeing police. Suffice it to say, this isn’t your friendly next-door neighbor, but Al-Sadoon’s family still tried to elicit sympathy from the public.

“I’m pretty sure if he knew this was the outcome, he never would’ve done it,” Florido said. “He knows he messed up.”

Yet he appears unwilling to face the consequences of his own actions, suing the United States government with the assistance of the ACLU in 2017. In other words, he seems to want all the benefits of living in America while accepting none of the responsibilities.

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And that is the real problem in cases such as this. It might be one thing if all illegal immigrants and refugees were otherwise upstanding people, but a disturbing number of them instead choose to spite America’s laws in ways that hurt others.

This is the reality which so many on the left refuse to acknowledge. Rather than being hostile to those who want a better life, the United States has accepted more immigrants than any other country in the world.

It continues to welcome more than a million legal immigrants every year, yet this never seems to be enough for liberals. Law-abiding citizens are getting fed up, and this Michigan case illustrates exactly why patience is running out among many voters.

CORRECTION, Aug. 2, 2019: According to The Daily News, “Agents forced entry and allegedly used his minor children and wife as a shield, Walls said,” and The Western Journal originally printed that quotation without comment. It appears to be an obvious typo — Al-Sadoon, and not the federal agents, used his own family members as a shield, according to The News’ own headline. We have added this information to the article.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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