The sanctuary jurisdiction of Arapahoe County, Colorado ignored an ICE request to turn over Osmani Garces-Ortiz for deportation and instead released him on October 28. Less than a month later, the 37-year-old illegal immigrant from Cuba was arrested in the same county for attempted murder.
Garces-Ortiz is one of a number of illegal immigrants who were released by sanctuary states or counties and then went on to commit more crimes.
“As ICE has repeatedly made clear, when local jurisdictions refuse to support immigration enforcement, they betray their duty to protect public safety,” an ICE spokesperson said.
Incidents like this are “absolutely predictable,” ICE agents said after Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a law to stop law enforcement in the state from cooperating with ICE agents to prevent them from deporting illegal immigrants.
“Because of this law, our ICE office was not notified when a criminal alien was released on bail, and this alien is now charged with attempted murder,” ICE official John Fabbricatore said. “How many more terrible crimes will be committed, because lawmakers put political agendas before public safety?”
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