An illegal Honduran immigrant charged with rape, kidnapping and assault is released on the streets of Virginia despite a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold him until he can be detained for deportation. It was done. He remained free for nearly two months before ICE arrested him.
ICE announced in a recent press release that it arrested an unnamed Honduran man who was charged on October 12, nearly two months after he was released from an adult detention center in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The illegal immigrant entered the United States, was apprehended by Border Patrol in Texas in June 2021, and entered the country with a notice to appear.
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In July 2023, he was arrested and charged in Herndon, Virginia, with felony rape by force, intimidation, and menace. Abduction by force. and assault on his family. On the same day, ICE’s Washington, D.C., office asked detainees to notify ICE upon release from custody in order to place illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings.
However, despite the severity of the charges against him and his detention by ICE, the agency determined on August 17 that the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center released him without notice. He was eventually arrested in Herndon, Virginia, last month.
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“This undocumented Honduran national has proven to be a disservice to our communities and a threat to the residents of Virginia,” said ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) field office director in Washington, D.C. Russell Hott said.
“ERO Washington remains committed to apprehending criminals whose detainees are released into the local population without respect. We are committed to ensuring that such non-citizen criminals roam free and victimize innocent people. I won’t let you do that.”
Fairfax County has for years denied most ICE detainees the respect that is characteristic of many “sanctuary” jurisdictions. Supporters of such policies argue that sanctuary policies make otherwise legal undocumented immigrants more cooperative with police because they remove the threat of deportation. But critics say it could end up releasing criminals who would otherwise be removed from the country back onto the streets, causing them to reoffend. Fox reported in 2020 that Fairfax County authorities denied entry to 98% of ICE detainees over two years.
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Fairfax County says it is not designated as a “sanctuary.” However, the Sheriff’s Office “does not book persons into adult detention centers or hold inmates past court-ordered release dates without a judicial warrant.”
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“Deputies do not participate in or assist with ICE operations in the community,” the county’s website states.
The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.