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Democratic Candidate Arrested At Detention Center After Getting Destroyed By Border Control Agent

Hanna Bogorowski on June 22, 2018

Maine’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate was arrested outside a detention center in Texas on Friday morning for refusing to leave the premises after being told he was not allowed in.

The nominee, Zak Ringelstein, announced Wednesday that he was traveling to McAllen, Texas, to deliver personal items, including toys, books and blankets to the immigrant children currently being held there.

A Facebook Live video, which contains the arrest, shows Ringelstein waiting outside the center, being told he cannot go in, and then arguing with border patrol agents in the parking lot.

Ringelstein told the border agents that he believes, without going into the facility, that the children are being deprived of water, books, blankets, and other essential items.

“There are other organizations that we’ve been working with that you can provide them those items. […] legally we cannot accept them into our facility,” a female agent informed Ringelstein.

The agent told him, “and for all the public that’s watching,” that he can deliver the items to churches and other organizations that the facility works with, but legally cannot deliver them at the center.

“If you truly, in your heart, want to deliver this, that’s the way to get them this,” she said.

As dozens more police officers and border patrol agents show up, the agent accused Ringelstein of impeding their operations by loitering in the parking lot. She pointed to the myriad of cop cars in the lot that had since arrived and told Ringelstein that now those cops are not able to work on other issues, including “rescues and responding to car crashes.”

“You are literally imprisoning children here. So let’s think about the equivalency of that,” Ringelstein said.

Ringelstein claimed an agent told him to move his car because he was blocking the way for the car to drop off “prisoners.”

“Are we really talking about children? Are we actually calling them prisoners now? Is that under your enforcement that they’re called prisoners?” Ringelstein asked.

“We do have people that are under arrest,” she replied. A man sitting next to Ringelstein then asked what they were under arrest for, to which the border patrol agent replied, “For illegally entering the country. […] They’ve broken the law. This is a country of laws is it not?” she said.

Ringelstein asked the agent if she would put her own children in jail.

“If they broke the law, they would have to face the consequences. They know that,” she said.

The spat continued, as the agent asked Ringelstein who is currently representing Maine. Ringelstein said he didn’t want to talk about it, and asked what that had to do with anything.

“You say you’re trying to get the word out, […] the media is out there, the media has visited, people who are actually in their positions have visited and are continuing to visit,” the agent said. “We open the doors for them, people who write the laws and can be here. The general public cannot.”

The man next to Ringelstein asked why they can’t take pictures from inside the facility.

“Because there’s children in there that we need to protect,” she responded. “We’re protecting the privacy of the people we have in detention.”

Ringelstein refered to the centers as “Trump’s interment camps” as he is eventually handcuffed by police officers.

“Zak is now a political prisoner of the Trump regime,” a tweet from his personal Twitter page reads, which was also live tweeting the situation.

His campaign issued a statement that said the specific charges are unknown and there has been no contact from Ringelstein since his arrest at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday.

Ringelstein is a former public school teacher running against incumbent Independent Sen. Angus King.

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  • Was Jesse Ventura with him it sounds like something America's great conspiracy theorist would do.
    No wonder Hillary never grasped what a secret clearance means. Politicians like to believe they are better than everyone else and should be able to go where ever they please unlike everyone else. What a twit he could have gotten authorization who died and made him the IG for the detention center?

  • Well, another democrat (not capitalized intentionally) thinks that he is above the law. A criminal record will not help him in his run for office so for that fact alone I thank him for his ignorance.

  • WE THE PEOPLE' HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2018, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT SHARE WITH OTHERS

  • @Kenneth: If he were running in my state, he’d get my vote. DUH!!
    EITHER "YOU LIVE IN CALIMEXICO, OR YOU SHOULD MOVE THERE WITH YOUR A$$WIPE COMRADES, AND STAY THERE. DO NOT LEAVE THE STATE AND DO NOT COLLECT ANY OF "OUR" BENEFITS.!!!!!!! (YOU BAG OF SCUM).

  • dumocrats are supporting morons to run for public office . What's next giving illegal aliens the right to vote in American Elections???? do illegal Americans get to vote in Mexican elections. dumocrats taking care of the elderly by giving there benefits away to illegal aliens. Build the WALL STOP ALL THE DRUGS COMING IN FROM mexico>>>

  • The imbeciles of the demo led camel pile of manure, the know nothing and only want to start trouble and then cry on TV as a baby for sympathy BS

  • i would think an arrest and tresspass charges would end his bid for the senate, no senator of this nation should ever have criminal charges or convictions period!

  • Why do Democrats think that they are above the law? Even candidates who want to play Senator before he even wins an election. If this moron bothered to check on the Grand standers who actually serve in Congress, that it doesn't work any better after they get into office. Ask Gutiérrez from Chicago. It never got him anywhere. One day his constituents will see that he is all show. Then they will elect a congressperson who actually knows how to write law that gets on the books. Look at his record on DACA.

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