One 24-year-old man passed through the southern border into the United States without having proper documentation. Now he has been linked to the brutal killing of a 59-year-old woman in South San Jose that occurred last month. The young man had been referred to as a “transient,” but now the truth has been revealed, showing that he has a long criminal history.
The 24-year-old man linked to the murder is Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza. He is from El Salvador and was arrested on Monday for murder. He was booked at the Santa Clara County jail while he awaits trial for the crimes levied against him.
As it turns out, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency tried to deport Carranza nine times. However, their request for his detainment went unheeded by the counties of Santa Clara and Los Angeles. Both of these locations are so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” which do not hand over undocumented immigrants to ICE for deportation.
Because local authorities did not follow the federal request to hold Carranza in jail because of his immigration status, he was back on the street and capable of doing the unthinkable to the victim.
ICE wants to hold undocumented inmates in custody for an additional 48 hours, so they have enough time to secure a warrant to begin the lengthy and convoluted deportation process. Although state and local authorities are not always supportive of ICE’s measures, the Department of Homeland Security cannot back up ICE’s request because it violates the Constitution. Holding someone in jail without a warrant violates the 4th Amendment in the Bill of Rights that every elementary student in America learns.
In Santa Clara, Carranza had a lengthy history of criminal charges. He had been arrested and convicted, according to NBC Bay Area, for kidnapping, drug possession, battery on a police officer, trespassing and burglary. During a visit to a psychiatric ward, Carranza was diagnosed with psychosis in 2016 and received treatment but received no cure.
According to ICE field office director Erik Bonnar, Carranza had been arrested more than ten times for crimes over the last three years alone. Now he is asking California lawmakers to be tougher on undocumented immigrants because of cases like Carranza’s.
“How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussion to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens,” Bonnar asked in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens. These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real and often tragic, consequences to public safety.”
Meanwhile, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said the following in a press release.
“The City of San Joe and our police department has no control over how the county interacts with federal immigration enforcement or deportation of violent or serious felons like Carlos Arrevala Carranza. Those policies are not set at our level.”
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