Sanctuary City Protects Previously Deported Illegal Alien After He Killed Woman
Colorado woman struck by an oncoming SUV while she tried to cross intersection
A Sanctuary city is protecting a Mexican national illegally living in the U.S. after being accused of killing a pedestrian in a hit and run accident despite him being previously deported six times.
Denver officials have refused to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement after releasing Juan Sanchez.
If Sanchez can make bond, he will be allowed back into the community and continue to pose a threat to the general public.
But when the City and County of Denver were questioned about Sanchez’s case, it just reiterated its position on transferring custody of illegal aliens.
A Colorado woman, Annette Conquering Bear, was struck by an oncoming SUV while she tried to cross an intersection on December 17.
But the vehicle drove away without stopping, Denver Police Department stated.
Conquering Bear was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sanchez, a 39-year-old Mexican national, was later caught charged with vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident.
Officials set his bond at $500,000.
Sanchez's extensive list of immigration violations spans decades, according to ICE.
He has been deported from the country a total of six times: once in 2012, three times in 2008, and twice in 2002.
It is still not clear why or how Sanchez was able to make so many unauthorized re-entries into the U.S.
Democrat-controlled Colorado state government has become increasingly antagonistic toward federal immigration authorities.
In May, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law in May legislation that prohibits local law enforcement from detaining a suspected illegal alien solely based on an ICE request.
The DCNF asked Denver’s government if it would allow for a coordinated transfer with ICE, should Sanchez make bond:
This was their response:
“Pursuant to the Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act, when the Denver Sheriff Department receives a request for notification from ICE, the inmate is advised of their rights upon receipt and prior to release.
We fax Ice notification of release when the individual enters into the release process. It is the responsibility of ICE to take the individual into custody. We do not do any secure handoff and do not participate in the transfer unless an incident would occur that would threaten the safety of the community.”
The statement was noted as the standard protocol for all illegal aliens in their custody.
But ICe notes hat such a last-minute notification is not “functional.”
“Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law enforcement partners who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens."
The detainer form asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period of time so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon release from that agency’s custody,” an ICE spokesperson said.
“A notification that an alien is about to be released to the lobby is not a functional way to ensure transfer of custody,” the spokesperson added.