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Three illegal immigrants and convicted criminals were released into the public in New York City after officials ignored federal immigration detainers.
While New York City’s sanctuary city policy continues to allow criminals back out among its unsuspecting residents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stepped in to locate and arrest three men who had been charged with crimes like child sexual abuse, assault, and grand larceny.
The New York City Police Department freed 57-year-old Alvaro Cuatate-Xochicale from Mexico, 58-year-old Miguel Guzman-Reyna from Mexico, and 20-year-old Jonathan De Jesus-Lopez from the Dominican Republic — all in the U.S. illegally — into the streets of New York this month without informing federal immigration authorities.
In spite of the city’s sanctuary law that essentially protects criminals from arrest and deportation, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations agency was able to arrest the three men, the agency reported.
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) recently arrested three convicted criminal aliens in #NewYork who were released from local custody after detainers were ignored. https://t.co/iCkqZjU8dQ
— ICE (@ICEgov) July 14, 2020
Despite an immigration detainer filed on May 12 against Cuatate-Xochicale, the NYPD released him into the general public before ICE arrested him this month. Charges pending against him include “sexual abuse, sexual contact with an individual younger than 11 years old, sexual abuse sexual contact with person younger than 14 years old, subjecting another person to sexual contact without consent and unlawful dealing with a child.”
A similar detainer placed on Guzman-Reyna was ignored and he was also released. The Mexican national, who was previously deported in 2000 and had a previous conviction for criminal possession of a loaded firearm, was arrested on May 11 for third-degree assault and second-degree harassment.
De Jesus-Lopez was previously convicted of an aggravated felony for criminal sale of a controlled substance in a school zone. He was arrested on grand larceny charges in May but again, despite the ICE detainer placed on him, the NYPD released him into the general public.
“What’s so troubling about New York’s sanctuary city policy is that it favors the criminals over citizens,” Thomas Decker, ERO New York’s field office director, said in a statement.
“These three individuals clearly pose a significant threat to public safety, yet law enforcement agencies are prevented from doing the right thing, which is turning these criminals over to ICE in a safe, controlled environment,” Decker said. “There is no justifiable reason to release drug dealers, violent criminals, and sexual predators into American communities.”
“What’s so troubling about New York’s sanctuary city policy is that it favors the criminals over citizens… There is no justifiable reason to release drug dealers, violent criminals and sexual predators into American communities.” – ERO NY Field Office Director Thomas R. Decker pic.twitter.com/qFlnyNRwHt
— ICE (@ICEgov) July 14, 2020
Under its sanctuary policies, New York released more than 7,500 criminal illegal immigrants last year, putting convicted murderers and sexual abusers back into communities, ICE reported earlier this year.
While the three men arrested this month remain in ICE custody pending hearings before an immigration judge, ICE reported that there were six other arrests made in New York last week as part of “a targeted immigration enforcement activity, which spanned across New York City, as well as Putnam and Suffolk counties.”
The other arrests include a 48-year-old Haitian national arrested in Queens Village who has “previous convictions for second-degree murder, robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.”
A 51-year-old man from Trinidad with a previous conviction for sexual abuse and sexual contact with a person younger than 14 years old was arrested in the Bronx and a 24-year-old Ecuadorian national with a rape conviction for a child under 15 years old, was arrested in Patchogue.
A Bangladeshi national who was arrested in Brooklyn had previously been ordered to be deported. The 51-year-old has a conviction for sexual abuse, with the victim being a child under 14 years old. A 26-year-old from Guatemala who has a pending charge for driving while intoxicated, was previously deported and a 56-year-old Filipino national who was arrested in Jamaica, Queens has a “conviction for attempted burglary: illegal entry of a dwelling.”
“ICE continues to prioritize the arrest of criminals who have a history of preying upon the most vulnerable members in our communities,” Decker said in a statement. “Public safety should not be politicized; egregious offenders should not be released into our communities.”
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