Local jails in two Mid-Atlantic states refused requests from federal immigration agents to detain two illegal aliens suspected of sexually assaulting minors – freeing them from their cells and onto the streets.
Democratic governors Phil Murphy (New Jersey) and Andrew Cuomo (New York) – the latter of whom has been considering making New York a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants – were blasted on Twitter for their refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and allowing the criminal aliens to run free on their watch.
"@GovAndrewCuomo @GovPhilMurphy thanks to you #LEO have 2 additional fugitives to apprehend," ICE-supporting Phil McCupp tweeted Friday. "#EnforceTheLaw Child Rape Suspects Released in NY&NJ After Locals Refuse To Hold Men For ICE."
Anti-ICE policies endangering citizens
New York television station WLNY reported that the previously detained and released Mexican citizens are now being pursued by federal agents before they unleash more harm on underage victims, as local authorities' refusal to hand over criminal aliens is costing taxpayers more money in efforts to re-apprehend them.
"Federal immigration authorities are looking for Luciano Trejo-Dominguez and Joaquin Rodriguez Quiroz after they were released by local authorities who refused to hold them in jail for ICE agents," WPIX reported.
In recent weeks, the two local jails acted in defiance to President Donald Trump's tough-on-immigration policy, which has included nationwide raids conducted by ICE agents that focused on apprehending and deporting criminal aliens.
"According to ICE agents, Trejo-Dominguez was arrested on Aug. 12 for charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault of a victim 13 to 15 years old, criminal restraint, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child," New York's WPIX revealed. "Both Pacific Enforcement Response Center and ICE agents in Mount Laurel [spent two days] lodging detainers on Trejo-Dominguez with the Cumberland County Jail days later. He was released on Aug. 23 and remains at large, authorities said."
The Garden State reportedly has every indication of being a sanctuary for illegals looking to get away with crimes.
"New Jersey's policy for individuals accused of rape in whom ICE has an interest is to notify ICE of their upcoming release, but not hold them past the day they are scheduled to be released," The Western Journal informed.
And even though ICE called upon local law enforcement to hold the other alleged rapist of a teenager within 24 hours of being taken into custody, police refused the request to the peril of the surrounding community.
"On Sept. 6, Joaquin Rodriguez Quiroz was arrested for charges of [3rd-degree] rape on a victim less than 17 years old, authorities said," the report continued. "The next day, ICE lodged a detainer with Westchester County Jail. The jail declined the detainer, and Rodriguez Quiroz was posted without bond, according to federal authorities. He also remains at large."
ICE acting director Matthew Albence chided law enforcement agencies that free suspects who ICE wants detained.
"As law enforcement professionals, it is frustrating to see senseless acts of violence and other criminal activity happen in our communities, knowing ICE could have prevented them with just a little cooperation," Albence expressed at a news conference, according to WPIX.
He called upon the community to take action so it is protected from criminal aliens – instead of continuing to be victimized by released threats to society.
"To the public – who want to live and raise your families in safe neighborhoods – we ask you to hold your lawmakers accountable before you – or someone you love – is unnecessarily victimized by a criminal ICE could have removed from the country," Albence added.
Countering ICE's complaint that local authorities are protecting criminal aliens instead of American citizens from being victimized again, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D-New Jersey) defended the state's release policy, claiming it properly upholds the law.
"Critics like to claim that we are providing – quote – 'sanctuary' to dangerous criminals. Nothing could be further from the truth," Grewal insisted Friday, according to WXKW. "Under our Immigrant Trust Directive, if you break the law you go to jail regardless of your immigration status. No one – I repeat, no one – gets a free pass in this state to commit crime."
Even though local authorities in New Jersey cumulatively refuse to cooperate with ICE by releasing criminal aliens it requests to be held, Grewal – the first Sikh attorney general in the United States – insists his state is not soft on crime.
"This notion of sanctuary is a complete red herring and it's a false narrative being put out there," Grewal argued. "To suggest that we are somehow giving anyone a free pass is nothing but a politically convenient statement to make in the current environment."
He did not address the two alleged sex offenders being released back onto the streets in accordance with New Jersey law.
Regardless, ICE has had a difficult time keeping the streets of New Jersey safe from criminal illegal aliens because of a coordinated effort by local law enforcement departments of refusing to hand over illegals to ICE agents – in a state with a dominant left-leaning, pro-immigration political climate led by a Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, and a Democratic attorney general.
"ICE agents arrested dozens of people in New Jersey who had previously been released by local law enforcement instead of being transferred to ICE," WPIX noted.