Against Massachusetts right indicates that the immigration laws are not optional: ICE agent

connectVideoJudge accused of the help of a twice-deported illegal immigrant escape her courtroom and dodging ICE

A Massachusetts judge is charged with obstruction of justice after prosecutors say they prevent ICE agents in the arrest of an illegal immigrant by allowing him to leave her via a back door; reaction of the former ICE special agent Jim Hayes.

A former ICE special agent told Fox News that he hopes that the case of the Massachusetts court accused of helping an illegal immigrant flights federal government will “send a message to other activist judges that immigration laws are not optional.”

Jim Hayes made the comments Friday on “Fox & Friends” a day after Newton district court judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, and court officer Wesley MacGregor were indicted by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice and three other counts. The pair allegedly helped Jose Medina-Perez to come out of the Massachusetts courthouse in 2018 through a back door to escape the ICE agent who sought him.

“I think the court faces the criminal charges are pending. I definitely think that bar card is up for grabs at this point, depending on the outcome of that case,” Hayes told ‘Fox & Friends’.

“I think that, hopefully, these costs will be to send a message to other activist judges that immigration laws are not optional,” he added.

District court judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph leaves the federal court on Thursday in Boston after facing obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping a man in the country illegally evade immigration officials as he left her Newton, Mass., courthouse after a hearing in 2018. (AP)


Medina-Perez, a twice-deported illegal immigrant with a fugitive warrant for drunk driving in Pennsylvania, was in the time of Joseph, courtroom to be arraigned on drug charges, the Boston Globe reported earlier.


Joseph, who is suspended, without pay, and MacGregor appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to all of these points. No date is set for the next appearance.

“People working in the criminal justice system and to have honesty and integrity to the system and for our system and our justice system,” Hayes said.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb and Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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