Accused Child Rapist Released by Sanctuary State directive

A number of media outlets are covering this horrific story, but the best coverage by far has been by Matt Rooney’s Save Jersey news website…

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) struck out Thursday against sanctuary jurisdictions (like New Jersey) who are releasing illegals convicted and/or suspected of serious crimes…–

The much-maligned federal institution reported making 1,300 arrests this week alone, and the targets included individuals convicted of murder, sex crimes, and drinking while driving; ICE says 199 of those taken into custody could have been intercepted in prison had the jails in question honored detainer requests. 

ICE also cited dangerous suspects who are still at large. A notable example is Mexican national Luciano Trejo-Dominguez from Bridgeton, New Jersey who stands accused of sexually assaulting a teenager between the age of 13 and 15. On August 23rd, Cumberland County Jail released Trejo-Dominguez in defiance of an ICE detainer request. He’s still at-large.

Unbelievably, the sanctuary state directive of Democrat Governor Phil Murphy’s AG specifically allows for this terrifying circumstance.

“With respect to detainees charged with violent or serious offenses – such as murder, rape, arson, assault, bias crimes, and domestic violence offenses – New Jersey law enforcement and correction officials may notify ICE of the detainee’s upcoming release, but may continue to detain the individual only until 11:59 p.m. that day,” the AG’s office explained when it first announced the directive back in November 2018.

“As law enforcement professionals, it is frustrating to see senseless acts of violence and other criminal activity happen in our communities, knowing ICE could have prevented them with just a little cooperation,” said ICE Acting Director Matthew T. Albence. “To the public, who want to live and raise your families in safe neighborhoods, we ask you to hold your lawmakers accountable before you, or someone you love, is unnecessarily victimized by a criminal ICE could have removed from the country.”

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And Trejo-Dominguez is only the tip of the iceberg.

Click here for a full list of released ICE targets including more New Jersey names.

Since July, two Sussex County legislators – Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths – have issued several calls to have the Murphy administration send its Attorney General to a public meeting in Sussex County to explain how its Sanctuary State directive was developed and whether it was done for genuine law enforcement needs or for the purposes of politics. To date, the Murphy administration has stayed in hiding, refusing to even acknowledge the correspondence sent to them by the Assemblymen.

Meanwhile, the Sussex County Freeholders have placed a Public Question on the November ballot that asks voters what they think. The Question reads:

Should the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Sussex cooperate with and make reasonably available to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents the tools, resources, personnel, and real, personal and intellectual property owned by the County, under its direct control?

Sussex County Sheriff Mike Strada, the county’s most prominent opponent of Murphy’s Sanctuary State directive, is strongly backing a YES vote on the Public Question.