by Sharon Rondeau

(Feb. 27, 2017) — A press release dated February 27, 2017 from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appears to call out authorities in New York City for failing to honor a detainer request for a three-times-deported criminal illegal alien from the Dominican Republic.

The press release states that “Hector Suarez, 44, was released from local custody Dec. 30, after being arraigned in New York County Criminal Court and released on bail. ICE filed the detainer with Manhattan Central Booking Dec. 29.”

Hundreds of jurisdictions across the nation known as “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens have declined to honor requests from ICE based on their political preference to shield illegal aliens from deportation proceedings in the interest of keeping families together and/or the absence of a felony conviction.

The Trump administration has promised to swiftly locate, identify and remove criminal illegal aliens who have been living at large in American communities.  Earlier this month, nearly 700 illegals already convicted of serious crimes were arrested and placed in federal custody pending removal from the country.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), California, Connecticut, Colorado and New Mexico are sanctuary states.  The city of Bridgeport, CT is listed as a sanctuary city within the sanctuary state and was the scene of a murder, likely attempted murder, and kidnapping of a young child on Friday which led authorities on a five-state chase.

The father of the child, Oscar Obedio Hernandez, was deported in 2013 after serving a prison term for assault and is suspected of brutally murdering the mother of his child and seriously injuring the mother’s friend.

As the events unfolded on Friday, Bridgeport authorities did not raise the issue of their “sanctuary city” designation.  However, one report revealed that Hernandez was not unknown to local authorities in the recent past.

An inset presented in a different background color in the press release reads:

In one of his first actions, President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring that federal funds would be withheld from sanctuary jurisdictions across the country.

A Connecticut law passed in 2013 states that authorities are not compelled to cooperate with federal immigration detainers unless the person in custody is already a convicted felon or meets other limited criteria.

According to CIS, 11 Pennsylvania counties are “new” to the sanctuary list updated in December, and nearly three dozen counties in Oregon are sanctuaries for illegals.

ICE’s press release did not say how much time, money, and resources were expended in locating Suarez on February 21 after New York City authorities released him on December 29.

While the Center for Immigration Studies noted that the city of South Tucson, AZ is a sanctuary jurisdiction, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced on February 17 that he, too, would not honor ICE 48-hour “courtesy holds” in a sharp departure from his predecessor, Joseph Arpaio.  A week later, however, Arizona Central reported that Penzone amended his own policy “under a threat of litigation and acted upon the advice of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.”

Federal immigration law renders anyone in the country illegally subject to deportation, while criminals and those carrying contagious diseases are among the groups the law prohibits from entering the U.S.

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