Friday, January 7, 2022

Illegal Immigrants Test Limits of Second Amendment in Case Now Pending at Supreme Court; Felix Missael Alva, Illegal Immigrant, Shot Toward Police Helicopter in Denver Protest: Prosecutors

Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP
Illegal immigrants test limits of Second Amendment in case now pending at Supreme Court:
Felix Alva took to the streets of Denver in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020.
He cruised downtown, jeering at police. He became drunk and challenged officers to fights, at one point telling an undercover police officer that “this ain’t no peaceful protest.” He waved a pistol at bystanders and at one point, according to investigators, fired eight shots into the air at a police helicopter circling overhead.
His big mistake, however, was holding that gun while being an illegal immigrant.
Out of all the mayhem in which authorities said Alva was involved, he ended up being convicted of a single crime: being in the country illegally while in possession of a firearm.
Even as the Biden administration moves toward leniency toward illegal immigrants on so many fronts, there is a line the government hasn’t crossed: possessing a firearm is still a serious offense.
But the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms to “the people,” and a series of cases is testing whether that term also includes illegal immigrants. --->READ MORE HERE
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Illegal immigrants test limits of Second Amendment in case now pending at Supreme Court:
A man accused of firing his gun during a Denver protest in May made anti-police statements before shooting into the sky in the direction of police and television helicopters, according to a court document.
Felix Missael Alva of Aurora was arrested Monday and later appeared in federal court, where he has been charged with having a gun while being in the United States illegally. Investigators said Alva is a Mexican national who had been deported from the U.S. in 2010.
Colorado assistant federal defender Matthew Belcher represented Alva in court but his office does not discuss cases with the media.
The court document says Alva was riding in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee that pulled up near a plainclothes detective who was watching an area near the state Capitol for protest activity on May 30, the third night of demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the first night of a city curfew.
Alva called to the detective, said “this ain’t no peaceful protest” and made some derogatory comments about police, including a reference to “pigs,” according to arrest affidavit. Alva is accused of firing six to 10 shots before the Jeep sped away. --->READ MORE HERE
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