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‘Significant threat’: ICE tracks down illegal immigrant charged with child sex crime

An illegal Honduran immigrant charged with child sex crimes has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — months after he was released from a Connecticut prison despite ICE’s pleas to take him back. .

The unnamed 26-year-old Honduran was first released into the United States in 2013 after being arrested by the Border Patrol. He was issued a citation and released to his family in the United States.

In September 2023, police in New Britain, Connecticut arrested and charged him with sex crimes, including first-degree sexual assault of a minor under 13 and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. did.

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ICE arrested an illegal Honduran immigrant accused of a sex crime. (Immigration/Immigration Residency Control and Customs Enforcement)

ICE ordered him into custody in October. The detainer requests that authorities be notified before suspected illegal immigrants are released from local police custody and that they be held until ICE is able to take them into custody. However, some jurisdictions, including “sanctuary” jurisdictions, do not respect detainees.

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In this case, Hartford Correctional Center ignored the detainee and released the Honduran man onto the street on February 1, ICE said.

He was finally picked up by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) agents on April 4, nearly two months after his release.

In a statement, ICE once again reprimanded jurisdictions that do not cooperate with detainees.

“This is a disturbing example of how uncooperative jurisdictions can pose a serious threat to local communities,” ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons said in a statement. . “Despite immigration detention, local authorities released an alleged sex offender onto the streets of a Connecticut neighborhood.”

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ICE and President Biden have repeatedly called on cities and jurisdictions to cooperate with federal authorities in extraditing illegal immigrants who are criminals.

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“We welcome the support and cooperation of local law enforcement in apprehending and removing individuals who pose a risk to national security and public safety,” the White House press secretary said in February, responding to a question about the administration’s stance on sanctuary cities, on Fox News. told Digital. “If local governments have information about individuals who may pose a threat to public safety, we ask them to share that information with ICE.”

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