ICE Releases List of Criminal Illegal Aliens Freed by NYC's Sanctuary City Policies
Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence presented the list to reporters
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has published a list of illegal alien fugitives who have been freed under New York City's sanctuary policies despite repeated requests from ICE to hand them over for deportation.
At a press conference in New York, acting ICE Director Matthew Albence presented the list to reporters as he spoke of the dangers of sanctuary cities were detainers issued by ICE for arrested illegal immigrants are ignored by jurisdictions.
The detainers requested are for ICE to be informed of an illegal immigrant’s pending release from custody so they can be sent to deportation proceedings.
ICE's fight to highlight the dangers of sanctuary cities was brought into the spotlight on Thursday after an illegal alien was charged with sexually assaulting and murdering a 92-year-old woman in New York.
Reeaz Khan, a 21-year-old illegal alien from Guyana, who outstayed his Visa, is set to face a grand jury after he was charged with sexually assaulting and strangling 92-year-old Maria Fuertes to death on a sidewalk in Richmond Hill, Queens.
"Make no mistake – it is this city's sanctuary policies that are the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman's life,” Albence said.
The list of fugitives includes suspected illegal immigrants from Nigeria, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guinea, Spain, and El Salvador.
Among those released have arrests for assault in the first, second and third-degree, criminal possession of a weapon, gang assaults, attempted robbery, and other violent offenses.
The Trump administration’s scare tactics destroy trust in law enforcement. The day our police ask for immigration status is the day people stop reporting crimes & sharing information. It’s the day we stop being the safest big city in America. We won’t let that happen.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 16, 2020
ICE also issued a list of illegal immigrants currently in custody, saying “may be released into New York communities” after they have served their sentences.
Those in custody have been charged with crimes like rape, murder, and sexual assault against a child.
Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the city’s sanctuary city policies claiming it makes the city safer.
“New York City has passed its own common-sense laws about immigration enforcement that have driven crime to record lows."
"There are 177 crimes under NYC law that trigger cooperation with federal authorities, if and when someone is convicted.,” he said.
“That policy has kept us safe.”
Albence cited statistics revealing ICE lodged 7,526 detainers via its New York field office last year.
However, only about ten detainers were honored by the city, officials said.
"Those who politicize this issue want you to believe that you have to choose between being an immigrant-friendly city and one that cooperates with ICE,” Albence said.
“Again, that is simply false. The only immigrants protected by such policies are those committing violence and dangerous offenses, often in the same communities these politicians are purporting to protect.”