Wednesday, February 5, 2020

ICE Is Requiring ‘Sanctuary’ Authorities Provide Warrants Before Transferring Custody Of Illegal Alien

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In what appears to be an interesting flip of the script, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is mandating a sanctuary jurisdiction provide two separate warrants if it wants custody of an illegal alien accused of committing a deadly hit-and-run.
ICE is requiring Multnomah County, Oregon, authorities provide an arrest warrant and a judicial transport warrant if it wants to assume custody of an illegal alien currently in the agency’s custody, ICE spokesperson Tanya Roman told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday. The situation is a reversal from numerous cases where sanctuary cities that have an illegal alien in their custody refuse to hand over the individual to federal immigration authorities without a judicial warrant.
The agency is forced to take this action, Roman said, because it can’t rely on sanctuary jurisdictions to return the individual back to federal immigration authorities. Authorities in Multnomah County — which encompasses the progressive city of Portland — already released the illegal alien in question once and is feared of doing so again.
The situation began on April 10, 2019, when a vehicle hit Sandy Bosch, an 82-year-old Oregon woman. An off-duty police officer reported the crash and attempted to help Bosch, but she died at the scene, according to KOIN News. The vehicle that struck her drove off and never stopped.
One day after the crash, local authorities located a vehicle with a smashed windshield and embedded hair that matched Bosch’s DNA. However, it wasn’t until June when authorities arrested a suspect: 42-year-old Jaime Mendoza-Chavez. He admitted to police to drinking alcohol before his involvement in the accident.
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The arrest sparked interest by federal immigration authorities, which led to a great deal of discovery. Mendoza-Chavez’s real name, ICE revealed, is Manuel Garcia-Ledesma, a Mexican national living illegally in the U.S. The now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service arrested him in Phoenix in April 1999 and granted him voluntary return back to Mexico. He illegally reentered the U.S. at an unknown date and has since been living in the country unlawfully.
ICE lodged an immigration detainer on Mendoza-Chavez with the Multnomah County Jail on June 7, asking that local authorities hold him long enough for an agent to arrive and make an apprehension. County authorities ignored the detainer and released Mendoza-Chavez back into the community after he posted bail. The ICE spokesperson told the DCNF that the county did not notify the federal agency of his release.
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