Rejecting requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take an illegal alien into custody, law enforcement officials in the sanctuary state of California let the criminal alien go before he attempted to slay a sheriff’s deputy earlier this week.
A number of sanctuary cities in California moved to block the deportation of the illegal alien from Mexico – allowing him to wage an attack against an officer, which was caught on camera.
“Body camera footage from a traffic stop shows Javier Hernandez-Morales rolling down his window, grabbing a handgun and opening fire, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office,” The Washington Times reported. “[The] man caught on body camera footage attempting to kill a California sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop this week had been deported three times before, but local officials had shielded him from ICE in recent years.”
Despite ICE’s attempt to subdue the Mexican alien, California law enforcement that abided by its sanctuary state dictates let the criminal go free – a common practice in the Golden State, which promotes Democrats’ pro-immigration open borders agenda.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they had lodged four separate ‘detainer’ requests asking local authorities to hold Javier Hernandez-Morales for pickup after he’d been booked for local charges at California jails,” The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan informed. “Each request was refused, leaving him out on the streets on Sunday, when he tried to kill Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki.”
ICE released a public statement to expose the dangerous sanctuary state policies enforced by California police.
“This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years,” ICE proclaimed in a public statement, according to the Times. “This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with ICE.”
The criminal alien lost his life after trying to assault a California officer on a traffic stop.
“Hernandez-Morales was killed by Deputy Jarecki in Sunday’s shootout, which was captured on her body camera,” Dinan noted. “The footage shows her conversing with Hernandez-Morales, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car. She asks him to roll the window down and he complies – then pulls out a gun and opens fire. The deputy drew her gun and fired multiple shots, killing Hernandez-Morales.”
It was also divulged that the illegal was a repeat offender – having returned to California after being deported to Mexico numerous times.
“ICE said he had been deported twice in 2007 and once in 2010,” WND reported. “Federal officials tried to deport him in 2014, 2015 and 2016.”
Three detainer requests were sent to Napa County Jail, while one was issued to the Sonoma County Jail.
An attempt by Napa County officials to obtain more information on Hernandez-Morales has been complicated by his use of numerous aliases, according to ABC 7 News.
Not learning their lesson
California law enforcement officers evidently did not heed an earlier warning a few months ago about what can happen when they do not comply with ICE requests to detain criminal aliens.
In December, an illegal alien suspect and seven others were arrested in a fatal shooting of a California police officer – an incident that was made possible due to California’s sanctuary state and city laws.
“The arrest … renewed criticism of sanctuary laws – with a local sheriff suggesting that the state's efforts to protect undocumented immigrants could have contributed to the killing,” The Washington Post divulged in a December 28 report. “Gustavo Perez Arriaga – a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant – was charged with homicide in connection with the shooting death of 33-year-old Newman police officer Ronil Singh, according to law enforcement.”
Similar to Hernandez-Morales’s case, Arriaga was a repeat offender who was not brought to justice by California law enforcement officials.
“Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson assailed sanctuary laws that limit state and local governments' cooperation with federal immigration agents, but he did not detail how those rules applied to Perez’s case or how they would have prevented Singh’s death,” The Washington Post’s Michael Brice-Saddler pointed out at the time. “He said Perez Arriaga publicized his gang affiliation and had been arrested twice for driving under the influence, but did not provide additional details about those arrests.”
California’s ultra-left sanctuary laws were blamed by police for the attack.
“Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh,” Christianson stressed, according to the Post. “I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
When criminal aliens pose a serious threat in California, local law enforcement must cooperate with ICE for tracking purposes.
“California’s sanctuary laws contain exemptions for serious criminals, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should receive notification of any arrest – as well as fingerprints – if an individual is booked and fingerprinted,” Brice-Saddler explained.