COOK COUNTY, IL – It’s yet another horrific case involving someone who never should have been in the country sexually assaulting a child.
First – some background.
Over the course of the last several years, Sanctuary Cities have been gaining momentum in several states across the nation.
At this time there are approximately 11 States that have designated cities and/or entire counties designated as a Sanctuary for illegal aliens. States like California, Colorado, Illinois and New York, have become a haven for illegal aliens looking to ensure that they will have a greater chance of not being deported if they are ever arrested for a crime.
Government leaders in these Sanctuary Cities validate their reasoning behind making this proclamation with the mindset that thy are attempting to eliminate any fear that an illegal alien may have when it comes to reporting crime, use the available health and social services, or enroll their children in school.
Over the last couple of years, since the Sanctuary City movement has gained momentum and popularity, many criminals, including drunk drivers and rapists, have been released back into communities to re-offend.
In 2017, Senate Bill (SB) 54 became in effect in California, which prohibits any local or state law enforcement agency from detaining illegal immigrants for violating immigration law unless they have been convicted of serious or violent felonies.
In a Fox News article from February, 6, 2020, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner, Don Barnes states that “SB 54 has made our community less safe. The law has resulted in new crimes because my deputies were unable to communicate with their federal partners about individuals who committed serious offenses ad present a threat to our community is released.
This week in Illinois, a prime example of what Orange County Sheriff-Coroner was explaining what would happen actually did happen. Jose A. Antemante-Chagala, 37, is an illegal alien that was arrested on July 15, 2020 in Mattoon, Illinois and charged sexually assaulting a young girl.
The allegations state he repeatedly molested and violently attacked a ten-year old girl over the course of several months.
Mattoon Police are alleging that Antemate-Chagala soaked a rag in peroxide and threw it over the girl’s mouth to be able to subdue her and then sexually assaulted her. According to DHS reports, Antemate-Chagala has been previously deported.
At this time, he has been charged with unlawful restraint and predatory criminal sexual assault.
The Department and Homeland Security has requested Antemante-Chagala be released into their custody for arrest, prosecution of immigration violations and then deported. Due to the current Sanctuary Laws put in place by Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzger (D), in 2019, that will more than likely not happen.
In 2019, in Cook County, which encompasses Chicago and it’s neighboring suburban cities, local law enforcement released more than 1,000 criminal illegal aliens back into the community. These illegal immigrants had been previously convicted of violent crimes such as; child sex crimes, assault, and drunk driving.
In the two years since California implemented it’s sanctuary laws, more than 1500 illegal immigrants were released back into the community in 2019 alone.
Data released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department show that more than 400 of those aliens that were previously released under the sanctuary laws had been rearrested on charges such as: rape, assault with a deadly weapon, child sex offenses, domestic violence, identity theft, and driving under the influence.
Looking into data from some of the other sanctuary states, it appears to be on repeat throughout the majority of them and shows a clear correlation to illegal immigrants that are arrested by local authorities, being released and then to re-offending.
Many of these crimes may have not happened at all if the illegal alien had not been released on these liberal based laws that states have imposed.
These laws have shown to have a negative impact on crime, as well as directly violate current federal, state or local polices regarding the withholding of any citizenship status or immigration status from immigration enforcement agencies.
Earlier this week, a four-time deported, illegal alien from Mexico who has previously been convicted of child sexual abuse has finally been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Utah.
Roberto Montes-Lopez, 32-years-old, was arrested by ICE agents on July 2nd after being released from the Weber County Jail in Utah. Montes-Lopez had been serving a prison sentence for second-degree child sexual abuse.
According to a news release from ICE, Montes-Lopez is an egregious immigration violator and convicted felon who has been returned or removed from the United States on four occasions between 2004 and 2011.
Montes-Lopez was also federally prosecuted for illegal entry of a previously deported alien, which is a felony, in January 2012.
A four-time deported illegal alien, previously convicted of child sexual abuse, has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Utah.https://t.co/1cVvaZwZ8y
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Montes-Lopez has a criminal history that dates back over 15 years and includes arrests from several states beginning in 2005. His crimes include two convictions for drug possession and distribution from Indiana in 2005. He also has convictions for use of a firearm by a restricted person in 2011, money laundering in 2015 as well as a DUI.
His continuous pattern of criminal activity resulted in another conviction in Utah in 2015, in which he was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Back on June 8, 2015, the 3rd District Court in Salt Lake County Utah, convicted him for two counts of sexual abuse of a child and he was sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than 15 years in Utah State Prison.
ICE Arrests Four-Time Deported Child Sex Abuser Illegal Alien in Utah
Most recently, Montes-Lopez was convicted of possession and distribution of heroin in June. He will remain in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States. This will be his fifth removal.
According to Breitbart, ICE official Sylvester Ortega said in a statement:
“Law enforcement’s common goal is to keep communities safe and keep dangerous predators off the streets.”
“The arrests of a criminal alien like Montes-Lopez, whose criminal history spans nearly two decades, demonstrates why cooperation is so important between agencies. These partnerships will continue to protect the community from criminal illegal aliens that hurt the citizens of this country.”
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. Tips may also be made on ICE’s online tip form.
On July 6th, ICE and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) arrested three convicted criminal aliens in New York who were released from local custody after detainers were ignored.
According to a news release from ICE, Alvaro Cuatate-Xochicale, 57 and Miguel Guzman-Reyna, 58, both unlawfully present Mexican nationals and Jonathan De Jesus-Lopez, 20, an unlawfully present Dominican national were arrested without incident in the boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Cuatate-Xochincale has pending charges for sexual abuse, sexual contact with an individual younger than 11 years old, sexual abuse/sexual contact with a person younger than 14 years old, subjecting another person to sexual contact without consent, and unlawful dealing with a child. On May 12th, ICE lodged an immigration detainer with the NYPD to maintain custody of Cuatate-Xochicale following his arrest. However, NYPD did not honor the detainer and released the subject from custody.
Guzman-Reyna was arrested for third-degree assault and second-degree harassment on May 11 and ICE subsequently lodged an immigration detainer. NYPD released him from custody despite ICE’s active detainer request. Guzman-Renya has a previous conviction for criminal possession of a loaded firearm. He was previously removed from the United States in 2oo0.
De Jesus-Lopez has a pending charge for grand larceny and getting property by extortion. ICE lodged an immigration detainer on him with NYPD on May 15th, however, the police department released him from custody. De Jesus-Lopez also has a conviction for the criminal sale of a controlled substance in a school zone, which U.S. immigration laws categorize as an aggravated felony.
All three men will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of hearings before an immigration judge.
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Here is another recent article on ICE arresting illegal immigrants from Law Enforcement Today:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD– It’s unbelievable how, seemingly again and again, illegal immigrants are getting a “pass” from ‘sanctuary cities’.
According to court documents, Linder Meza-Garcia, 18, of Silver Spring, Maryland, snuck into his 12-year-old “girlfriends” Silver Spring house at least four times.
In three of those instances, the two engaged in sexual intercourse. On May 12th around 2 a.m., the 12-year-old girl’s mother found Meza-Garica hiding in her daughter’s closet.
Noting that the sexual relationship spanned a few months, authorities documented in court filings:
“During an interview with detectives, victim A disclosed that she let Linder Meza-Garcia into her room through a window and they had vaginal intercourse.”
Investigators interviewed Meza-Garcia, who also reportedly confessed to having “vaginal intercourse” with the 12-year-old girl. Back on June 16th, Montgomery County Police arrested the 18-year-old and charged him with two counts of second-degree rape.
On June 17th, the very next day, ICE’s Baltimore Field Office lodged a civil immigration detainer against Meza-Garcia. That same day, a. Montgomery County District Court judge granted Meza-Garcia a $10,000 unsecured personal bond.
The Montgomery County Detention Center (MCDC) called ICE and alerted them to Meza-Garcia’s imminent release. When ICE got to the jail, the agents were not granted access to the secure sally port and therefore had to apprehend the accused child rapist in the jail parking lot.
Per ICE, U.S. Border Patrol encountered Meza-Garica in April 2019, after he illegally entered the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor. Two months later, federal authorities released the then 17-year-old Honduran national to a family member living in Maryland. He had a pending immigration hearing and now faces up to 40 years in prison for the child rape case.
Montgomery County, Maryland had another recent case of an illegal immigrant arrested for raping an underage girl. According to court documents, Rene Ramos-Hernandez, 56, of Brentwood, Maryland, “forced unwanted sexual intercourse with a 7-year-old girl “at least 10 times.” The alleged abuse occurred from 2002 until 2003 when Ramos-Hernandez was is his late 30s.
In 2017, the alleged victim, now 25-years-old, came forward to Montgomery County Police. In August 2018, detectives filed for an arrest warrant. It took nearly two whole years, but last month the police located Ramos-Hernandez and on June 18th, he was booked at the MCDC in Rockville on one count of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree rape.
The following day, ICE’s Baltimore Field Office lodged a civil immigration detainer against Ramos-Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador.
That same day, Montgomery County District Court Judge Zuberi Williams granted Ramos-Hernandez a $30,000 unsecured personal bond. A few restrictions were also added, including electronic monitoring and a curfew, plus an order to have no contact with minors.
On June 23rd, MCDC called ICE’s Law Enforcement Support Center in Vermont around 9 a.m. to report that the accused child rapist was processing out of jail and would likely be released within an hour.
ICE believed it was not feasible to scramble agents to the jail in that timeframe and in turn, Ramos-Hernandez walked free. According to ICE, the 56-year-old remains at large and he faces up to 70 years in prison for the child rape case.
In the summer of 2019, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) announced that the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation would no longer cooperate with ICE. There was one exception that Elrich noted. In the cases of “serious crimes,” correction officers would be allowed to contact ICE so long as the federal agency had already submitted an immigration detainer.
Elrich did emphasize that the jail would not hold undocumented immigrants beyond the normal length of time it takes for release, regardless of the alleged crime. Such a policy, ICE contends, allows individuals like Ramos-Hernandez or Meza-Garcia to walk free. Acting ICE Baltimore Field Office Director Franciso Madrigal said in a written statement:
“Montgomery County continues the practice of not honoring lawful ICE detainers and release potential public safety threats back into the community.
When they refuse to give adequate notification of an impending release to allow a safe transfer of custody, it shows their actions are insincere. ICE believes the best way to protect public safety is for law enforcement to work together.”
By signing this executive order last summer, Elrich has put distance between Maryland’s most populous county and federal immigration authorities. Elrich’s office said in a statement:
“The Promoting Community Trust Executive Order aims to reaffirm current county policy and improve community security by ensuring that immigrant and otherwise vulnerable communities can engage with county departments.”
According to the Montgomery Police Chief Marcus Jones, the policy of not collaborating with ICE has already been in place:
“We have no direct contact with ICE about any immigration issues. We’re not doing any operations with ICE in Montgomery County.”
Jones went on to say that if ICE seeks to deport someone who is in police custody, then ICE needs to track that person independently and deal with the situation without the police department’s assistance. Jones said:
“That’s not our job to monitor that. That’s forbidden against our policy.”