A previously deported, convicted criminal illegal immigrant was released by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) last year after failing to detain the Mexican national for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
In a news release by ICE, the agency announced it has captured 31-year-old Luis Alejandro Villegas after the illegal immigrant was released onto the streets due to New York City’s sanctuary city policy which refuses cooperation with federal authorities to help deport criminals.
“Villegas is a criminal alien who was released back into our New York communities, posing an increased and unnecessary risk to those who live in this great city,” Thomas Decker, field office director for ICE’s deportation force in New York, said in a statement.
“This level of risk can be mitigated in many instances and ICE welcomes changes to the current policy which is creating a potentially unsafe environment for the city’s residents,” Decker continued. “ICE is committed to strengthening its relationship with local law enforcement in the interest of public safety and national security while preserving the critical community-police bond.”
Villegas previously served five years in a U.S. prison after being convicted of forcible theft with a deadly weapon. After his term, Villegas was deported back to Mexico in 2007.
Last year, Villegas was taken into custody by the NYPD on drunk driving charges. This is when ICE filed a detainer on Villegas, asking that local authorities hold the criminal illegal immigrant until they could take over the case and deport the man.
NYPD, though, ignored the detainer and released Villegas back onto the streets on Dec. 31, 2016.
Immediately following his release, ICE filed a criminal warrant for Villegas’ deportation. On January 25, ICE officers captured Villegas in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
Vallegas is now in federal custody.
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