(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) In the past 10 days, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested five individuals who police departments in New York previously released, after ignoring ICE detainers.
The New York City Police Department arrested Moussa Diaby, an illegal immigrant from Mali, for local crimes on Sept. 6. ERO sent a detainer for Diaby, which the NYPD ignored. He was released shortly after, but then rearrested by ERO on Oct. 26. Diaby awaits a deportation hearing.
ERO arrested Teofilo Santana-Perez, a Dominican national, on Oct. 31 after the New York City Department of Corrections released him on Feb. 6 without honoring the detainer or notifying immigration authorities.
The NYPD also released Mikolaj Michalski, a Polish citizen, and Bertin Moran-Herrera, a Mexican citizen, after ignoring detainers and refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities. They have all since been arrested by ICE and ERO.
Darwin Benegas-Ortiz, a Honduras citizen, was released by the Sullivan County Jail, which is in mainland southern New York, after ignoring an immigration detainer from ERO.
“These individuals are criminal aliens who were released back into our neighborhoods, posing an increased risk to New York residents,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO New York. “Because of the unnecessary threat being imposed by the city’s decision to not honor ICE detainers, ICE remains committed, in the interest of public safety and national security, to welcoming changes to current New York City policies and strengthening its relationship with local law enforcement.”
The NYPD follows a sanctuary city policy, meaning they refuse to cooperate with ICE and Enforcement and Removal Operations. Detainers provide ICE and ERO extra time to pick up dangerous illegal aliens from local jurisdictions.
“Detainers serve as a legally-authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes,” ICE said in a press release. “Pursuant to ICE policy, all ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending upon the circumstances of the individual case.”