U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are searching for two alleged child rapists who were released from jails in New Jersey and New York despite ICE detainers being issued for both of them.
The suspects, both Mexican nationals, were arrested in separate child-sexual assault incidents, the Washington Examiner reported.
Vineland, New Jersey police arrested 33-year-old Luciano Trejo-Dominguez on Aug. 12, after he allegedly raped a child who was under the age of 16, WKXW reported.
Trejo-Dominguez was also charged with criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and endangering the welfare of a child, and was booked into the Cumberland County Jail.
Even though ICE agents in Mount Laurel and the Pacific Enforcement Response Center filed detainers on Trejo-Dominguez with the jail, the facility released the illegal immigrant from custody on Aug. 23, WKXW reported.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officers in Westchester County, New York, arrested Joaquin Rodriguez-Quiroz on Sept. 6 in connection with the alleged rape of a minor under the age of 17, MRC reported.
The following day, ICE issued a detainer request with the Westchester County Jail.
Despite the detainer being filed, Rodriguez-Quiroz was released on bond.
ICE has designated both alleged child rapists as fugitives, the Washington Examiner reported.
“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” ICE said in a statement on Sept. 26, according to WKXW.
Although New York lawmakers had no problem releasing an alleged child rapist back into society, they have taken exception to those who call someone an “illegal alien” or threaten to report such individuals to ICE.
On Sept. 26, the New York City Commission on Human Rights announced that citizens could face a $250,000 fine for such behavior, FOX News reported.
“Threatening to call ICE when motivated by discrimination, derogatory use of the term ‘illegal alien,’ and discrimination based on limited English proficiency are unlawful discriminatory treatment under the NYC Human Rights Law,” the commission wrote.
“Fines of up to $250,000 can be assessed for each act of willful discrimination, and damages are available to complainants,” the commission declared.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pointed out that the term “illegal alien” is actually the correct terminology under federal law to describe a person who is in the country illegally.
In fact, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered his staff to only use the term “illegal alien,” FOX News reported.
“The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in US code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country,” Sessions wrote in agency-wide email.
But New York City’s human rights commission sees things very differently and openly admitted the new guidance was a response to what they perceived as an attack on illegal immigrants by President Donald Trump’s administration, the New York Post reported.
“In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” NYC Human Rights Commission Chair Carmelyn Malalis said.
The same day the new guidance was issued by the human rights agency, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced a $1 million joint investment with the state to “guarantee” legal services to illegal immigrants who faced imminent deportation, the New York Post reported.