As a way to protest President Trump’s anti-immigration stance, cities around the country have vowed to protect immigrants from unjust deportation and unfair treatment. New York City is one of these “Sanctuary Cities”.
But when repeat felon and previously deported Dominican national, Hector Suarez, was released from an NYC jail, the city refused to honor an active detainer filed by Trump’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
44-year-old Suarez was released on bail back on December 30th while President Obama was still in office. This was one day after ICE filed a detainer with Manhattan Central Booking.
Nevertheless, the Sanctuary City allowed Suarez to leave on bail and return to his life in America. The ICE under Trump’s administration aims to put a stop to this…
Because Trump build his campaign on deporting immigrants and denying access to people from certain countries, ICE does not look kindly on cities like New York, Houston, Dallas, and Salt Lake City, because they are making it more difficult for them to do their job.
After Suarez was released on bail, ICE agents hunted him down and arrested him on a federal warrant recently. Now he is under custody of the U.S. Martial Service.
On Monday, ICE revealed the details of Suarez’s criminal history during a press release.
“Suarez, a citizen and national of the Dominican Republic, was ordered removed in October 2002 and was subsequently removed from the United States to the Dominican Republic on Nov. 7, 2002. In March 2003, Suarez was encountered in Texas and was served with a Notice of Intent /Decision to Reinstate Prior Order. He was criminally charged and pleaded guilty to the violation of Title 8 United States Code 1326(a) and (b)(2) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In April 2004, Suarez was removed to the Dominican Republic for a second time. In August 2006, Suarez was again encountered in the United States, but this time in New York, where he was served with a Notice of Intent /Decision to Reinstate Prior Order. On Sept. 16, 2009, he was removed to the Dominican Republic for a third time.
“Although his most recent charge is a misdemeanor, Suarez has a more serious criminal history dating back to 1997. In January 1997, he was convicted of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree in violation of New York State Penal Law (NYSPL) section 220.16. April 2002, he was convicted for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree in violation of NYSPL section 220.06. In November 2006, he was convicted for Attempted Assault in the Second Degree in violation of NYSPL section 120.05(03). In September 2008, Suarez was convicted in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas for violation of Supervised Release and sentenced to incarceration to run consecutively to his New York State sentence.”
Thomas R. Decker, ICE’s New York field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, wrote a heated statement about why he considers people like Suarez a threat to America.
“This is the case of another criminal alien, a felon, who was released back into the streets. Politics and rhetoric are not what keep the people of this great city safe.
“ICE is committed to maintaining and strengthening its relationship with local law enforcement. We also welcome changes to the city’s present detainer policies in the interest of public safety and national security.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to put an end to sanctuary cities and to step up immigration enforcement. The cities have refused to honor it.
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