California Mayor Detained by DHS Without Warrant, Retaliation For Success And Being Hispanic?

California Mayor Detained by DHS Without Warrant, Retaliation For Success And Being Hispanic?

Anthony R. Silva, mayor of Stockton, California, said he was recently detained by DHS at an airport without a warrant and was not allowed to leave until he handed over his computers and passwords.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 5, 2015–  Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva, who was elected in November 2012, said in a statement that he was recently detained by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the San Francisco International airport on his way home from a trip to China.

Silva’s two laptops and mobile phone were reportedly confiscated, and he said he was not allowed to leave until he relinquished his personal passwords to the devices. According to Silva, officers provided no warrant or court documents at the scene.

 “DHS agents confiscated all my electronic devices including my personal cell phone. Unfortunately, they were not willing or able to produce a search warrant or any court documents suggesting they had a legal right to take my property,” said Silva. “In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices.”

Silva’s attorney, Mark Reichel, claimed the confiscation of personal property and passwords was illegal.

Silva noted in a statement that “They indicated that this action to confiscate personal property at the airport was in fact routine and not unusual.” Silva said that he was also told he had “no right for a lawyer to be present” and that being a U.S. citizen did not“entitle me to rights that I probably thought.”


Was this related to Mayor Silva being in politics?  Is he a political ally or enemy of Obama, who ultimately controls the DHS?  AUN-TV did a search on Anthony Silva and found out he became mayor in a huge upset, and further more he is a rare Republican California Mayor of a large city. So the Obama Administration may see him as a political threat.

The city staffs of the mayors of Concord and Pleasant Hill confirm they were on the same China trip as Silva, but were not stopped or questioned at the airport.

Silva said he has no idea why he was detained and why federal officials took his electronics. (CBS Stockton)

Has he been targeted in any other way? Yes.  It ends up he is the only Stockton mayor to ever have his salary cut.

Things got heated at the Stockton City Council meeting on Tuesday night because of proposed cuts to the mayor’s salary.

Mayor Anthony Silva was understandably upset after the cuts, which will take his salary from $104,000 to $72,000, were passed.

City council members will also have their salaries cut by 20 percent.

Silva pointed out that he is the only mayor in Stockton’s history to face cuts to his salary.  The mayor said he would have to get a second job in order to feed his family.


Why would Obama and Democrats see Anthony Silva as a threat?

There is a good reason.  He became mayor based on the terrible crime problems that Stockton had before he took office, when a Democrat was mayor. Stockton was on the top ten most dangerous city list for America.  If he were to pull a Rudy Giuliani and solve Stockton’s crime problem like Giuliani did for New York, indeed he is a threat to Democrats.  He won office in 2012 and already by 2013 Stockton greatly improved and is no longer on the top ten worst list. As the below article points out there has been amazing progress in Stockton under Silva, an over 50% reduction in murder in one year:   

In 2012, the city of Stockton filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, prior to Detroit’s filing in 2013. In the years leading up to its filing, Stockton implemented steep budget cuts to try and get its financial house in order. The police department faced some of the largest cuts, which led to a significant drop in the number of officers on the beat. In 2008, the department budgeted for 441 officers, but by 2012 the total number fell to 331. That year, the violent crime rate reached an 18-year high, with 1,547 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The department’s decreasing budget and growing pension concerns among officers made it difficult both to hire new officers and to retain existing ones.

The chart below shows the change in Stockton’s violent crime rate by category.

20132012ViolentCrime RateMurderRapeRobberyAggravatedassault07501,5002,250

Year 2013 2012
Violent Crime Rate 1208.15 1547.95
Murder 32 71
Rape 91 90
Robbery 1088 1556
Aggravated assault 2411 2913

The decrease last year brought Stockton’s violent crime rate to the lowest level that the city has seen since 1999. The primary focus of the Stockton Police Department has been to crack down on gangs and illegal guns while helping prevent youth from turning to crime and violence. An important aspect of the police department’s goal is the use ofOperation Ceasefire, which reaches out to at-risk youth to prevent gun violence and provide alternatives to joining gangs. Last year Stockton began implementing the “Marshall Plan” for reducing crime, which is a community-wide effort. Eric Jones, Stockton’s Chief of Police, wants the city to prioritize gun violence in order to reduce crime. Jones told KCRA Sacramento, “First and foremost my focus is on guns and gangs, and the Ceasefire model, which is the stop the violence model, I think is extremely important.”


Here is more info indicating Silva has been targeted, even Silva himself has said “They’re after me.”



  1. Well here we go again….BO and his fellow “gangbangers” remind me of the good-ol-days when we had the Clinton crime family in office.

    It is a tragedy when the criminals run the asylum.


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