Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trumpeting the arrests of three, formerly at-large, criminal aliens who were released from police custody after local officials in Philadelphia ignored ICE detainer requests.
Those criminal aliens Philadelphia released and ICE officials later re-arrested had prior criminal convictions for crimes including DUI, aggravated assault, weapons offenses and narcotics manufacturing.
“At-large criminal alien arrests are among the most dangerous type of enforcement actions ICE officers are engaged in on a daily basis,” Thomas Decker, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations field office director in Philadelphia, said in a statement. “These arrests also represent the greatest risk to the community
The three criminal aliens ICE arrested include:
-Marco Arturo Juarez-Ramos, 27, a Mexican national, has a prior DUI conviction and was released from local custody Aug. 18 after posting bail following an Aug. 15 arrest on local charges. He was arrested by ICE in Philadelphia Aug. 24 and will remain in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States.
-Elvis Velasquez-Roblero, 36, a Mexican national, has prior convictions for aggravated assault and weapons offenses. He was released from local custody following an Aug. 3 arrest on local charges. He was arrested by ICE in Philadelphia Aug. 18 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
-Fabio Dalloco, 46, an Italian national, has a prior conviction for felony cocaine delivery and manufacturing. He was released from local custody following a June 6 arrest on local charges. He was arrested by ICE in Philadelphia Aug. 16 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration requests has come under fire in recent weeks, after a previously deported illegal immigrant — who was released from Philadelphia’s custody last year when officials ignored an ICE detainer request to hold him — was charged with raping a child under the age of 13.
The Obama Administration has been attempting to woo recalcitrant sanctuary jurisdictions into cooperating with ICE requests with the implementation of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). PEP focuses immigration enforcement on just those illegal immigrants who have committed serious enough crimes.
Despite the administration’s efforts, Philadelphia and many other jurisdictions continue to ignore immigration requests.
“This level of risk can be mitigated in many instances,” Decker added. “ICE welcomes changes to the current policy that would allow the city to cooperate with ICE toward achieving the shared goal of protecting public safety and national security while balancing important community policing needs.”