According to reports, a sanctuary city in California refused to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while an illegal alien, Nery Israel Estrada-Margos, was in police custody after an incident on July 31.
ICE contacted the police department asking to notify the agency when Estrada-Margos was scheduled to be released, but the police released Estrada-Margos after he posted the required $30,000 bail on August 3. According to reports, the police department failed to notify ICE agents.
Just two weeks later, on August 18, Estrada-Margos turned himself in for allegedly beating his girlfriend to death after a heated argument. A Sonoma County jail is currently holding Estrada-Margos on charges of murder and domestic violence.
Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano is now shifting the blame by telling local media outlets misleading stories and blaming ICE. Giordano stated, “We did notify ICE of his release date and time. Sometimes they pick up, sometimes they don't,” according to KTVU.
The Daily Caller pointed out the problem with that:
What Giordano did not tell reporters was that Sonoma County gave ICE officials only 16 minutes to travel over 60 miles to pick up Estrada-Margos before releasing him from custody – a distance that according to Google Maps can take 90 minutes to travel.
San Francisco's ICE spokesman, James Schwab, said in a written statement to The Daily Caller:
Immigration detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes.
At 8:20 p.m. the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office notified ICE’s local office that Mr. Estrada was pending release. The Sheriff’s Office then released Mr. Estrada 16 minutes later at 8:36 p.m.
Schwab also said that the “vast majority” of notifications Sonoma County has sent over to them “have failed to provide sufficient advance notification to pick up these criminals.”
California has a history of not cooperating with ICE, as the state has repeatedly defied President Donald Trump's wishes to tightly enforce illegal immigration. Earlier this year, California passed a bill that bars state and local law enforcement from helping ICE, in a direct violation of Trump's policies.
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