“The government of Philadelphia is continuing to release a known criminal illegal alien — ignoring requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold the individual — arguing that it’s complying with federal law,” The Daily Caller reports.
ICE released press statement on Friday, criticizing Philadelphia for releasing an illegal alien on three separate occasions, ignoring ICE detainer requests.
The 36-year-old Mexican national has had numerous encounters with local law enforcement and has been arrested at least six times since 2018, for offenses including simple assault, disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another, aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of a crime, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and failure to appear, the press statement reveals.
Despite these crimes and his failure to appear for several hearings related to his criminal proceedings, Philadelphia authorities have continued to release him and refused to honor requests by federal immigration authorities to hold him long enough for an ICE agent to arrive and take him into federal custody.
“Cooperating with ICE is in the best interest of the residents of the city of Philadelphia,” said Gregory Brawley, an ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations spokesman in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia officials misguided policy of releasing dangerous criminals, rather than safely transferring these individuals to ICE custody, negatively impacts public safety.”
However, a city spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation that Philadelphia authorities are simply following federal law. The spokesperson suggested ICE to obtain a judicial warrant if they want an immigration detainer to be honored.
“While we can’t comment on the specific case cited, we can tell you that the City of Philadelphia has always cooperated with ICE when that agency goes before a judge and obtains a federal arrest warrant. This is not burdensome and ICE has, in fact, obtained such warrants on several occasions. In other words, we fully comply with federal law,” the spokesperson said.
“The reality is that the White House has tried to coerce cities like Philadelphia into going beyond federal law. That is where we draw the line in terms of cooperation. Research has shown that trust between officers and immigrant communities is essential to reducing crime and helping victims. Our policy — which has been upheld by a federal judge — ensures that trust, while still honoring judicial warrants,” the spokesperson continued.