Illegal Alien Child Sex Offender Set Free by Sanctuary County
Criminal alien released after abusing 11-year-old, despite ICE detainer
An illegal alien child sex offender has been set free by a North Carolina "sanctuary" county, despite the dangerous criminal being wanted on an ICE detainer, according to reports.
During a press conference, U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray discussed the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Sanctuary Policies that led to a criminal alien being released after sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child.
Convicted sex offender Marvin Torres was released and escaped deportation despite having an ICE detainer.
According to the sheriff’s office, Torres was released from prison after being arrested on May 4, 2017, for charges of indecent liberties with a minor.
Torres was convicted for the crime on Monday, October 28, 2019, and sentenced to time served, allowing him to be released from prison on Tuesday, October 29.
The sheriff’s office says while in the custody of the Buncombe County Jail, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency sent a detainer request for Torres, but failed to secure an arrest warrant despite having full knowledge he had been in custody for more than two years.
According to Fox Carolina, the sheriff’s office released Torres Tuesday, based on the conditions being met set forth by the judicial system, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Quentin Miller said, “If ICE is aware of an individual that they have determined to be a danger to the public safety of Buncombe County then ICE should obtain a warrant for their arrest.
"Once that warrant has been secured my Deputies will work to apprehend that individual.”
February 26th, Sheriff Quentin Miller announced the new immigration policy which included not honoring ICE detainers.
Roughly 8 months later, true to his word Miller would release a convicted illegal child sex offender despite an ICE detainer.
An ICE news release sent out on Wednesday says that federal officers apprehended Salvadorian national Marvin Ramirez Torres in downtown Asheville, N.C. after he was released by local officials the day before.
Earlier this week, Torres was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and sentenced to time served, set for release, and ordered to register as a sex offender.
“The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office then refused to honor the ICE detainer and instead released him back into the community,” the release explains, adding that federal officers got Torres outside the courthouse the next day when he showed up to register as a sex offender.
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the report and said that an ICE detainer doesn’t count as a warrant to hold someone for immigration authorities.
“This is yet another example of a clear public safety threat being released into North Carolina communities rather than into ICE custody due to local sheriff policies on ICE non-cooperation,” acting ICE Director Matt Albence said in a statement.
“Continued decisions to refuse cooperation with ICE serve as an open invitation to aliens who commit criminal offenses that these counties are a safe haven for persons seeking to evade federal authorities, and residents of Buncombe County are less safe due to these misguided sanctuary policies.”
Back in February, Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller announced that his department would no longer cooperate with federal immigration authorities on detaining illegal aliens already in custody.
“The sheriff’s office will continue to comply with all applicable state and federal laws, however, we do not make or enforce immigration laws,” Miller said.
"That is not part of our law enforcement duties."