ICE Arrests Released MS-13 Member
The recent arrest of an illegal immigrant MS-13 gang member by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has once again brought attention to the controversial issue of sanctuary policies in cities across America. The 26-year-old Honduran man, who has been identified as a validated member of the notorious MS-13 gang, was taken into custody by ICE on December 12th in Hyattsville, Maryland.
According to ICE officials, the man had first come onto their radar in 2014 when he was encountered by Border Patrol as an unaccompanied child. However, he was transferred to the custody of his father and seemingly fell off their radar. It was not until 2015 when he was arrested and charged with assault, that ICE lodged an immigration detainer with the Prince George’s County detention center. The detainer was a request for the county officials to notify ICE before releasing the man so they could take him into their custody and begin the deportation process.
Despite being validated as an MS-13 gang member and with numerous violent charges against him, the county ignored the detainer and released him in January 2019. This decision was in line with their sanctuary policies, which aim to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The man was then convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the remaining charges dismissed. However, the court suspended all but 751 days of his sentence and he was released back onto the streets of Maryland.
ICE has expressed its frustration with these sanctuary policies, stating that they hinder their ability to carry out their duty of protecting the public from violent criminals. Acting Field Office Director Darius Reeves from ERO Baltimore said in a statement that criminals like this Honduran man need to be removed from the country and it is a shame when local law enforcement agencies refuse to honor ICE detainers. He added that ERO Baltimore will not relent in their pursuit of justice for the people of Maryland.
The case of this illegal immigrant MS-13 gang member is a prime example of the dangers of not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. It took nearly five years for ICE to be able to locate and arrest him, which could have been avoided if the county had honored the immigration detainer. The fact that he had already been convicted of violent crimes and was a validated member of a notorious gang only adds to the urgency for his deportation.
This arrest also highlights the need for stricter immigration policies, particularly for those who have proven to be a threat to the safety of American citizens. With the ongoing debate surrounding sanctuary policies, it is clear that there needs to be a balance between protecting the rights of immigrants and ensuring the safety of the public.
In the end, it is crucial for local and federal authorities to work together to uphold the law and keep communities safe. The arrest of this illegal immigrant MS-13 gang member serves as a reminder of the consequences of not complying with federal immigration policies and the need for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.