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  • Columbus, Ohio

  • Dayton, Ohio

  • Lake County, Ohio (Added 7-28-15 Source: Lake County accepts fraudulent Mexican Matricular Counsular ID cards used by illegal aliens.)

  • Lima, Ohio

  • Lorain, Ohio

  • Lucas County, Ohio

  • Oberlin, Ohio

  • Painesville, Ohio (7/28/15 update - Tara Diehl from the City of Painesville refutes sanctuary status)

  • Lake County murder suspect found to be in country illegally during July 7 traffic stop
    By Ryllie Danylko, Northeast Ohio Media Group July 15, 2015

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Lake County sheriff's deputies learned that Juan Emmanuel Razo was in the U.S. illegally from Mexico more than two weeks before his arrest in the death of a 60-year-old Concord Township woman.

    Razo made his first court appearance Tuesday in the death of Margaret Kostelnik where a judge set a $10 million bond. He's also accused in the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl and the shooting of another woman who survived.

    Razo pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder, but still faces possible murder and other charges in connection to the other incidents.

    Lake County Sheriff's Det. Brian Butler said during the court hearing that during a July 7 traffic stop, deputies contacted border patrol agents who advised the sheriff's office not to detain Razo despite his status as an undocumented immigrant.

    Razo, who spoke with the aid of a Spanish translator, told Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti at the hearing that he doesn't have a passport or a green card.

    Cicconetti expressed frustration at Razo's lack of documentation.

    Razo told Cicconetti he has a birth certificate from Mexico, to which the judge replied, "That doesn't help you here in the United States."

    Razo has lived in the country for five years and has no local criminal history, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

    In response to a request for information, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jaime Ruiz issued a statement that said, "we're looking at the facts of the case to find out exactly what happened."

    Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency "intends to take custody of [Razo] and pursue his removal from the United States."

    Razo's illegal status may hit a nerve for many at a time when immigration is a hot button political issue. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just last month criticized Mexican immigrants, characterizing them as criminals and rapists. Trump will be in Cleveland next week for a debate.

    The of violent events of Monday left neighbors of the rural Concord Township and the surrounding areas on edge. Investigators have not revealed any information about Razo's possible motive.

    A 14-year-old girl told police that Razo tried to rape her about 10:40 a.m. in Helen Hazen Wyman Park in Concord Township.

    Detectives canvassed the area looking for Razo. They also searched his Lusard Street home in Painesville, but didn't find him.

    As the search continued, Lake Metroparks rangers were called to a shooting near the Greenway Corridor.

    A 40-year-old woman was found along the bike path with a gunshot wound to her arm. Her two 12-year-old children were unharmed.

    Paramedics took the woman to the Tripoint Medical Center, where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

    Investigators widened their search area, driving an armored vehicle along the bike path. Officials sent a reverse 911 call to residents within a half-mile radius telling them to stay inside their homes.

    Officials called in help from surrounding police departments, including two K-9 units.

    It was during this search that a deputy was flagged down by Kostelnik's husband. He told detectives he just found his wife dead in their Ravenna Road home with several gunshot wounds.

    The Kostelniks' Ravenna Road home is directly behind the bike path where the woman was shot

    A man at about 4:30 p.m. called 911 reporting a man – later found to be Razo – was in his back yard pointing a rifle at his son.

    Three deputies rushed to Palmer Road in Concord Township, where they found Razo.

    Razo shot at deputies, according to reports. The deputies fired back at Razo, who jumped behind a large boulder.

    The deputies ordered Razo to surrender, which he did. He was taken into custody.
    Coleman has put out welcome mat for immigrants in Columbus
    By Encarnacion Pyle The Columbus Dispatch • Monday August 25, 2014

    A woman asked Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman 10 years ago if he could build a fence around her neighborhood to keep out the growing number of African, Latino and other immigrants who were making the city their home.

    “I told her, ‘Ma’am, not only am I not going to build a fence, but I’m going to put up a welcome sign and do everything I can to attract more immigrants here,’ ” he said.

    Not long after that happened, Coleman announced that he was creating a New Americans Initiative to remove the obstacles that often keep immigrant newcomers — and those who have lived in the city for years — from being successful.
    Different approaches taken to illegal immigration in region
    By Jeremy P. Kelley Jan. 28, 2013 For the Dayton Daily News

    Immigration law is a federal issue, but Southwest Ohio communities take a variety of stances on the topic, affecting where local immigrants live and work, and how they conduct their lives.

    City of Dayton officials have opened their arms to immigrants via the Welcome Dayton plan. Police do not investigate suspects’ immigration status except in the case of “the most serious offenders” as described by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And Mayor Gary Leitzell joined the mayors of Trotwood and Riverside on a visit to Turkey last year, aiming to strengthen ties with a nation that has provided an influx of immigrants.

    But 25 miles southwest, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is a longtime proponent of tougher immigration laws. His sheriff’s office is one of just a handful of local-level police agencies nationwide that has ICE powers, and uses them regularly. He says the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally are taking jobs from Americans and using up social service programs.

    “There is a wide range of immigrants scattered all over a five-county area in the Dayton footprint,” said local Latino leader Tony Ortiz, who works with a state commission on Hispanics’ issues. “They are paying taxes, they’re working, they’re contributing to the development of this area. Dayton, unlike some areas like Hamilton, is different. They’re welcome here. They’re scared to come out in their neighborhoods in the Hamilton area.”

    Immigrants, police and government officials will be watching the progress of a new bipartisan immigration proposal put forth this week by eight U.S. senators. The proposal includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, streamlined procedures for hi-tech workers and agricultural workers to get green cards, and a verification system to make sure businesses don’t hire illegal immigrants who don’t participate in any of those pathways.

    “The main thing that people would want is a legal way to be here and do menial jobs that other people don’t do, and to do that legally, instead of kind of disappearing (because of their legal status),” said Sister Maria Stacy, of the Hispanic Catholic Ministry in Dayton.

    Stacy said the Dayton area has real examples of how the current U.S. immigration system works inefficiently for both illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens.

    “There are people who call me and say, ‘We’re looking for people to work on our farm,’ ” Stacy said, echoing Ortiz’s claim that it’s hard to find Americans to do that work. “I think this proposal would help the U.S. citizens (farmers) who are looking for people to work.”

    Jones, who said the Senate proposal is generally a step in the right direction, said he’s getting fewer calls about illegal workers because the economic downturn has left fewer jobs. But he pushed for penalties for those employers who do hire illegal immigrants.
    The Superior Americans - Illegal immigration might be the best thing going for Painesville.
    By Jared Klaus July 18, 2007 For the Cleveland Scene

    The gathering on Painesville's village green looks like a cross between a Fourth of July parade and a Ku Klux Klan rally. Faces are angry and untrusting.

    One man, decked in head-to-toe camouflage, holds a flagpole like a rifle. Women sparkle in tinsel stars-and-stripes necklaces. A man spits furiously into a microphone in front of the white gazebo.

    About 150 people have convened in this historic downtown, not to celebrate their country's independence, but to fight for it. "We have been invaded!" a man in a straw hat shouts into the PA. "We need to clean house -- get rid of every last one of 'em!" Cheers erupt from the crowd.

    The man's talking about illegal aliens -- Mexicans, to be exact. You wouldn't know it from the quaint bed-and-breakfasts, the country manners of the townsfolk, or all the red, white, and blue bunting hanging from storefronts, but Painesville is one of the nation's top repositories for human smuggling. Until a ring was busted in May, thousands of Mexicans paid $2,000 each to be led through drainage ditches, packed ass-to-elbow into vans, and shipped like packages to Ohio.

    The lure is the nearby tree farms, which are the size of cotton plantations and provide work both plentiful and well-paying. Women arrive to give birth, making their babies U.S. citizens -- a green card that can never be taken away.

    But there's another reason they come: Painesville has rolled out the welcome mat. Spanish signs have gone up at gas stations and grocery stores. The library houses a section of Spanish books on everything from baby care to home improvement to getting your GED. Schools send out bilingual mailers. St. Mary Catholic Church offers Mass in Spanish. And the cops go after illegals with as much vigor as they do guys cruising down I-90 at five over the speed limit.

    Yet the welcome mat was shredded two months ago, when men dressed in black from the federal government swept through town with paddy wagons and handcuffs, rounding up illegals. Part of a national sweep code-named Return to Sender, the operation was conspicuously timed just before Washington opened debate on an immigration bill, one that would grant legality to 12 million undocumented aliens. Dozens of Painesville's Mexicans were arrested on the spot, their wives and children handed notices to appear for deportation. (click the header for the whole story)