ICE Blames Sanctuary Policies for an Illegal Immigrant’s Murder Spree


Officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are blaming Sanctuary City policies for allowing an illegal immigrant to go on a triple murder spree in Missouri earlier this month. The immigrant, Luis Rodrigo Perez of Mexico, was released from a Middlesex, New Jersey jail in December despite ICE having asked country authorities to detain him for imminent deportation. Perez, who was in jail on domestic violence charges, was instead permitted to go free. ICE says that if Middlesex officials had complied with the request, three people in Missouri would have been spared.

“Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets and is now charged with killing three people,” said ICE acting Executive Director Corey Price. “Has ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country – and three innocent people might be alive today.”

Price said the situation stood as a clear condemnation of policies that protect criminal illegal immigrants from deportation.

“It is past time that localities realize the perils of dangerous sanctuary policies and resume their primary goal of protecting their residents,” Price said.

In correspondence with the AP, however, Middlesex officials say that ICE did not get the court order necessary to demand further detention.

“This order would have authorized Middlesex County to turn over custody of Mr. Perez prior to, or upon completion of his sentence,” they said. “Instead ICE officials chose to do nothing, which places all responsibility of Mr. Perez’s actions squarely upon ICE.”

Oh really? Who had him in custody again? Whose policy is it to only turn over detained criminal aliens under federal court order? Oh, okay. Just checking.

The fact of the matter is that any city or county that puts barriers to protect criminal aliens bears responsibility for what those aliens do after being released from jail. There’s no room for shifting the blame here. You can’t set an impossible bar and then criticize ICE for not leaping over it. Do your job and set policies that place the safety of American citizens as the top priority. Then we won’t run into these conflicts and we won’t have violent Mexican nationals being carelessly set free into our population.

Perez now faces eight felony counts in relation to this month’s shootings. Perhaps Missouri authorities will do a better job keeping this dangerous alien off our streets.

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