SACRAMENTO, CA – Immigration and Customs Enforcement requested a detainer be placed on an illegal alien who had recently been arrested so that he could be sent for deportation proceedings.
Since the illegal alien lived in California, a “sanctuary state,” law enforcement did not cooperate – which allowed him the ability to kill his three young daughters and then himself roughly a week after being released on bond.
How could an unstable man under a restraining order obtain an AR-15-style rifle, walk into a Sacramento-area church and then kill his three daughters and a family friend?https://t.co/UBK2aGKKQb
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 4, 2022
On February 23rd, David Fidel Mora-Rojas was taken into custody for driving under the influence, assaulting an officer, and assaulting medical staff. After the arrest, police learned that Mora-Rojas had overstayed a visa in 2018 and was in the country illegally.
ICE somehow figured out that Mora-Rojas had been arrested and was an illegal alien and had a detainer placed on him.
The detainer is supposed to ensure that if an illegal alien is to be released on bond that the arresting authority maintains custody until ICE officials can pick them up so they can start deportation proceedings.
While local authorities typically cooperate with ICE, the State of California is considered a “sanctuary” area which means that they do not cooperate with ICE. Since they did not honor the detainer, Mora-Rojas was able to bond out on a $15,000 bond.
On March 1st, Mora-Rojas was visited by his 9, 10, and 13-year-old girls in the Church of Sacramento, where he was staying on a mental health hold.
At some point during the visitation, Mora-Rojas produced a gun and killed his three daughters, an adult chaperone that was with them, and then himself.
A man shot and killed his three daughters, their chaperone and himself during a supervised visit at a church in Sacramento, California.https://t.co/lwoSCoumVY
— Saoirse (@Saoirsewr17) March 1, 2022
The Church of Sacramento released a statement regarding the murders:
“Our church body is devastated and heartbroken by this senseless tragedy, and we ask for continued pray for the victims, their family, and our faith community as we grapple with this unexpected loss and trust the Lord for His strength in our grief.”
Detectives assigned to the case are now trying to piece together how Mora-Rojas was able to get a gun since he was not allowed to possess one due to being the subject of an earlier protection order and being on a mental health hold.
While police are trying to determine how he was able to get a gun, others are wondering how and why he was in the country in the first place.
Critics will claim that Mora-Rojas’ daughters would still be alive today had the authorities in California honored the detainer placed on him from ICE since he would still be in custody.
Issues like this cause Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones to call on the end of sanctuary status for the state. Sheriff Jones said:
“This unspeakable tragedy highlights the true cost, unintended or not, of sanctuary policies that prevent law enforcement from protecting its citizens.”
Father who shot dead his three daughters was on bail for assaulting a cop just last week https://t.co/X8ng6Ld6YP
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 2, 2022
The Natomas Unified school district, where the three young girls attended, released a statement:
“It is with deep sadness that we share with you news of the tragic deaths. There are very few words that can give comfort right now for this unspeakable tragedy…
We will have our Social-Emotional Support Team and Chaplains from the Sacramento Police Department available at those two schools this morning to provide grief counseling and support. This support extends to anyone in the district who may need it.”
Before the killings, Mora-Rojas was arrested in Merced County on charges of DUI, resisting arrest, and battery on a law enforcement officer after being stopped by the California Highway Patrol. Deputy Daryl Allen, a spokesman for the Merced County Sheriff’s Office released a statement to The Sacramento Bee:
“[Mora-Rojas] was drunk and while they were arresting him or trying to he decided he wanted to fight and ended up with felony charges because he assault a CHP officer, causing injuries.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, sent a request to House Democrats requesting authorization to hold the hearing, writing:
“There is no known case in which a foreign national who pinged on a terror watch list was simply released on his own recognizance.
“The facts in the case strongly suggest that the Biden Administration failed to follow appropriate protocols with respect to suspected terrorists.”
The letter sent to subcommittee Chair Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was signed by eight Republican subcommittee members.
Democrats are unlikely to permit the hearing, and one aide to Rep. Biggs told The Federalist, “They’re ignoring us.”
The request came following revelations that a Lebanese from Venezuela crossed the border from Mexico into the United States and was released from custody into the interior despite being on the FBI terrorist watchlist.
Writing for Deadline Detroit, investigative journalist Charlie LeDuff called attention to the release in an article dated January 27. In the article, LeDuff wrote:
“The Biden administration has allowed Issam Bazzi, who was caught wading along the shores of the Rio Grande River in Texas last November, to be released on his own recognizance while he awaits a March asylum hearing in Detroit.
“According to sensitive government documents obtained exclusively by Deadline Detroit, Bazzi and his family are living, presumably, in Dearborn in a house owned by his cousin on a tree-lined street near Wyoming and Warren Avenues.”
Bazzi crossed the border in November with a rush of other Venezuelans swimming the Rio Grande after President Biden promised leniency for illegal aliens.
Reportedly, Bazzi flew to Monterrey, Mexico with his wife and daughter before crossing the river into Brownsville, Texas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted Bazzi afterhe crossed. During processing, his fingerprints and name revealed he was on the terrorist watchlist. According to CBP documents, Bazzi was a classified as a “Category 5 group member, “meaning he was not considered armed and dangerous.
CBP protocols require that the FBI interrogate any border crossers found to be on the watch list, and then should be detained in CBP detention until removed back to their country of origin. Although deportation to Venezuela would not have been possible because of cuts in diplomatic ties, he could have been flown to Columbia under a new agreement.
The FBI recommended Bazzi be detained, and agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement classified him as a flight risk.
Shockingly, the Department of Homeland Security ignored these recommendations, and instead released him into the interior U.S. The administration reportedly released him from detention because of COVID-19 concerns, because Bazzi was considered high risk because he had the “chronic care condition” of being overweight, according to leaked Department of Homeland Security documents uncovered by LeDuff.
According to the same leaked documents, Bazzi is described as a person with “high derogatory information” with ties to an unspecified terror group. Disregarding these facts, DHS released him and his family on December 9 with a promise he would show up for an immigration asylum hearing in March.
Andrew Arena, former chief of international terrorism operations for the FBI, said the release made no sense, but was the result of the Biden administration’s lax immigration stance:
“Unless there’s something bigger going on, we don’t let people in who are on the list.
“This appears to be the new and improved border security posture. A kinder, gentler approach. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. And quite frankly, I’ve never seen it before.”
Chris Cabrera, vice-president of the Border Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents, said the public should be concerned about people gaining access to the United States through the southern border:
“The public would be shocked to learn of very bad people who are being apprehended at the border and ultimately released into the United States.
“But the terror watch list? That’s the top of the top. The worst of the worst.”
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