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Sanctuary City Denver Freed An Illegal Alien Homicide Suspect Over ICE Objections

Article author: 
Tom Tancredo
Article publisher: 
Daily Caller
Article date: 
July 26, 2017
Article category: 
Colorado News
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An unfolding scandal in Denver has both the District Attorney’s office and the Sheriff’s Office struggling to explain why an illegal alien, Ricardo Daniel Lopez-Vera, who was sought by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for placement in deportation proceedings, was allowed to go free last week on a mere $1000 bail after killing a U.S. citizen in the Denver jail.

Fortunately, federal ICE officers apprehended the illegal alien only six days following his release from Denver jail, and he is now being held in an ICE detention facility awaiting a deportation hearing before an immigration judge...

What is being disputed is why Lopez-Vera was released on bail so quickly — before the medical examiner’s report on the homicide victim was completed and after federal immigration authorities had notified the Sheriffs’ office they wanted to take him into custody. The man had been officially designated by the ICE detainer as an illegal alien subject to a deportation, and moreover, had an extensive arrest record and suspected membership in a transnational criminal gang, El Surenos, which is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia...

The Denver jail has a well-known policy of not honoring ICE detainer requests to maintain custody until ICE could assume custody...

...  It turned out that Lopez-Vera was not released from the jail itself; he was transported by Sheriff’s Office personnel to a local hospital and then allowed to walk free from the hospital...

Let’s summarize what happened. Mr. Lopez-Vera was released by the Denver jail despite (1) having received a lawful detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); (2) despite being involved in the July 10 killing of another inmate in the jail only 48 hours earlier; (3) despite having an extensive arrest record, and (4) despite being the subject of a writ of Habeas Corpus ad Prosequendum signed by a judge in neighboring Adams county. That Latin term translates roughly to — bring him to this courtroom pronto!  The Denver District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office, adhering to the sanctuary city’s practice of protecting illegal aliens in every possible way, chose to ignore all those circumstances and set him free on bail.

Under federal law, whether an illegal alien should be deported or released is properly a decision to be made by a federal immigration judge after a hearing at which the alien may be represented by counsel– not a decision to be made by a local government official...

By an astonishing coincidence, the release of criminal alien Lopez-Vera came one day after the release of the “2016 Crime in Colorado” report, which showed sharp increases in the state’s crime rate, increases above the national average. Homicides in Colorado are up 9.9%, rape is up 7.2%, robberies 5.9% and auto theft a whopping 22%. Citizens may well be asking, is the increase in crime related to Denver’s growing reputation as a “welcoming” environment for illegal aliens?...

Denver is well known for its attitude of protection for illegal aliens. This past May, the Denver city council voted to reduce maximum sentences for persons convicted of domestic violence and some other common misdemeanors as part of a sweeping reform to reduce the vulnerability of immigrants to the threat of deportation. They did this despite a February 2017 report that homicides related to domestic violence are at a 10-year high in Colorado...

If ever there were a sanctuary city on steroids, it is the City and County of Denver, a place  governed by a Democrat Mayor, a Democrat District Attorney, and an elected city council of 13 Democrats and no Republicans. The “Resistance” is alive and prospering in Denver...

 


 

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