Maru Mora-Villalpando looks on as supporters surround her at a news conference announcing that the longtime activist for illegal immigrants in the Northwest says she herself is now facing deportation, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Seattle. Mora-Villalpando, a native of Mexico City who has been in the U.S. for more than 25 years, said Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has given her a notice to appear before an immigration judge. She says she believes ICE is targeting her because of her activism. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington state recently passed what some are calling the most radical sanctuary law in the country. It prohibits local jails and state prisons from honoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers and forbids the notification of illegal immigrants’ release. Additionally, it askes the state’s attorney general to enact new restrictions on ICE agents making arrests at courthouses and hospitals.
Unusually, the agency fired back in response.
ICE’s criticism comes by way of a June 17th press release, in which it lists seven disturbing cases where sanctuary policies resulted in horrific tragedy.
Here are a few of the cases it references.
Rosalio Ramos-Ramos was taken into custody by police in January for the murder and dismemberment of his cousin. The arrest came mere months following his release from a Washington jail in spite of ICE’s request for an immigration detainer as well as a notification of his pending release. Both were ignored.
As reported by Komo News:
According to ICE a hospital, just like school, are considered a “sensitive location” where enforcement can’t occur unless an “exigent circumstance” exists.
Because ICE couldn’t make an arrest at the hospital, Thomas promised agents his officers would keep tabs on Ramos-Ramos. Kent police called the hospital daily, but he said staff there were reluctant to give them information.
Similar requests for Martin Gallo-Gallardo were disregarded. Within months of his release from a Clackamas County Oregon jail, he was arrested again — this time for allegedly murdering his wife and dumping her body in a ditch.
Most recently, Francisco Carranza-Ramirez was convicted of raping a wheelchair-bound woman in Seattle. Twice. He was sentenced, incarcerated for less than a year, and released contingent upon him self-deporting back to Mexico. Reportedly, he did indeed go back — after he assaulted the disabled woman for a third time.
From Fox News:
Authorities say he was released on Thursday and on Saturday he tracked down the 32-year-old woman he previously terrorized. He approached the woman the following day and allegedly assaulted her. The woman, who is partially paralyzed, suffered cuts and bruises, a seizure and a concussion after authorities say she was strangled and struck in the head, the Seattle Times reported.
Upon signing the new legislation, Gov. Jay Inslee declared:
“We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”
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