‘Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) A 23-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested in New Jersey earlier this year, but instead of being handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he was released under sanctuary policies.
Now, he’s wanted for murder.
“Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets and is now charged with killing three people,” said ICE associate director Corey Price on Friday.
Luis Rodrigo Perez, a Mexican national, was being held at Middlesex County Jail in December of last year on domestic violence charges.
When it became known that Perez was in the United States illegally, ICE issued a detainer and requested notification from the jail prior to his release.
Perez would have been taken into ICE custody and placed in deportation proceedings.
But as happens in similar cases across the country, Middlesex County sanctuary laws compelled jail officials and local law enforcement not to honor the ICE detainer, and Perez escaped immigration authorities.
After his release from the jail in February of 2018, Perez made his way to Springfield, Missouri where he allegedly committed triple murder.
“Had ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country – and three innocent people might be alive today,” Price said.
“It is past time that localities realize the perils of dangerous sanctuary policies and resume their primary goal of protecting their residents,” he added.
Police in Missouri said Perez attacked a home which he had been kicked out of.
The victims could be heard “begging for their lives,” the Associated Press reported.
“Despite such policies, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations will continue to enforce federal immigration law and prioritize public safety in the community,” said John Tsoukaris, Newark’s deportation field director.