WH Gives Examples of Sanctuary Cities Releasing Criminal Aliens Who Later Commit More Crimes

Melanie Arter | February 14, 2018 | 12:27pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Tuesday pointed to seven examples of sanctuary cities who have set criminal aliens free only to have them go on to commit more crimes - in some cases much more serious crimes.

In one case, a Guatemalan citizen, Nery Estrada-Margos, was arrested last year on charges of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant. Days later he was released against the wishes of federal immigration authorities. A couple of weeks later, he was considered a suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, Veronica Cabrera Ramirez, and is currently in the custody of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office.

New York City police arrested Kendel Feliz - a St. Lucian citizen and UK national, on various local criminal charges in July 2012, September 2012, and February 2013. He was released in April 2013 by the NYC Department of Corrections despite an immigration detainer. He went on to be arrested and charged with murder a year later. And he was convicted in September 2016 of kidnapping resulting in death.

Ricardo Hernandez-Garcia, a Mexican citizen, was arrested by the NYPD on June 6, 2014 and was released without notifying immigration officials. He was arrested again on local charges and released once more without notifying immigration officials. Then on Nov. 30, 2016, the NYPD arrested and charged him with attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was convicted of two counts of assault with intent to cause injury by means of a weapon and sentenced to four years in prison.

Luis Pena, a Mexican citizen, was arrested in November 2011 in Cook County, Illinois, on felony charges of driving on a revoked or suspended license after his license was suspended for a prior DUI conviction. Pena was released from jail despite an ICE immigration detainer and was arrested and convicted less than a year later for aggravated DUI causing death and driving on a suspended or revoked license. He’s still in custody of the Danville Correction Center in Illinois.

Bernabe Garcia-Lopez, a Mexican citizen, was arrested in California on Jan. 20, 2014 by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for DUI charges. He had previously been removed by immigration officials in 2008 and been convicted in Riverside for rape and hit and run. Despite this and a detainer request from immigration officials, he was re-arrested the following year for another DUI. The sheriff’s department released Garcia again despite a request to hold him by immigration officials, and he’s currently at large.

Honduran citizen Santos Lopez-Avila was arrested on Nov. 21, 2016 by the San Francisco Police Department for cocaine possession for sale and other charges. He had been deported three times before - in 2010, 2013, and 2015. He also had previous convictions in San Francisco County for transporting and selling narcotics. He was released and arrested again shortly thereafter for cocaine possession and other charges. He was later released. On March 13, 2017, he was arrested again for transportation, sale of narcotics and possession for purchase/sale of cocaine base. San Francisco police did not honor the ICE detainer, and he was released once more. He’s at large.

Juan Carlos-Garcia-Ayala, a Mexican citizen was arrested by the San Jose Police Department in California on Feb. 23, 2012 on charges of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and an outstanding warrant for hit and run. He had been deported three time prior to that. He was arrested three different times and released soon after. After the fourth time, he was finally deported back to Mexico. Soon afterwards, he snuck back into the U.S. and was arrested and released three more times. He was finally arrested and convicted in Superior Court in California for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

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