Sanctuary States Suck. That Is All.

A Cuban national entered the United States illegally by boat in Key West, Florida in 2008. He then committed further crimes and went to prison in Colorado.

Law enforcement officials in the sanctuary state released him at the end of October, ignoring an administrative detainer request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Less than a month later, he has been rearrested. Only this time, it’s for attempted murder, assault and bond violation.

Osmani Garces-Ortiz had been living in the U.S. illegally for a decade before getting arrested on drug and trespassing charges. Arapahoe officials released him on October 28, after he posted a $2,000 bond, even though ICE requested that he be detained until they could take over custody.

Their lame excuse? They sent ICE an email a couple of hours beforehand…but nobody ever responded. Never mind that detainers generally request giving ICE 48 hours notice before a suspect is released.

Way to go, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department. You really know how to serve and protect the people in your community. You can’t see me, but believe this: I look REALLY disgusted.

I guess we can’t entirely blame the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department, though. They were simply following a brilliant new state law signed by Gov. Jared Polis who is, of course, a Democrat. The law pretty much prohibits Colorado law enforcement from cooperating with ICE agents.

So I’m retracting my look of utter disgust, Arapahoe – but I’m still shaking my head. Because you know better.

John Fabbricatore, a deputy field office director for ICE in Denver, made this statement:

“Because of this law, our ICE office was not notified when a criminal alien was released on bail, and this alien is now charged with attempted murder. How many more terrible crimes will be committed, because lawmakers put political agendas before public safety?”

This entire thing was political, predictable and entirely avoidable. How many more American citizens must be victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants before we stop funding sanctuary jurisdictions?

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