A federal agency responsible for enforcing immigration and countering transnational crime criticised two Maryland counties for preventing foreign nationals from being detained for serious criminal offenses on Nov. 22.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has asked Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to reconsider their non-cooperation policies that compel the agency to release illegal aliens shortly after they are detained.
ICE claims the released individuals are likely to reoffend and released details of six males who are suspected of a variety of crimes including attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, child abuse causing death, and sex abuse with a minor.
“The individuals we have lodged detainers against have been arrested in the community and will likely be released directly back into that community under these dangerous policies,” ICE Acting Baltimore Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal said in a statement. “The county leadership has chosen misguided politics over public safety … we aren’t asking Montgomery County or Prince George’s County to conduct immigration enforcement, we’re asking them to honor a lawful request to transfer these individuals into our custody where they can avail themselves of due process in the immigration court system.”
The alleged offenders include Alpha Ibrahimbah Mansaray, who was arrested on Sept. 24 for attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first and second degree assault, possessing and intending to distribute controlled dangerous substances. He is also charged with reckless driving and operating a vehicle with unauthorized window tinting.
Luis Miguel Cabrera was arrested on Sept. 10 2018 on the charges of physical child abuse causing death, child sex abuse and second degree rape. Manuel Carballos-Morales was arrested on April 15 and charged with sexually abusing a minor and three counts of third degree sex offenses.
Juan Rivas-Montano was arrested on Nov. 13 and is charged with two counts of sexually abusing a minor, two counts of molesting and exploiting a child, two counts of second degree child abuse, and two counts of second degree assault.
Jaycob Kidlat, who was arrested on June 24, was charged with nine counts of second degree rape, five counts of sexually abusing a minor, and a third degree sex offense. Mouhamadou Yatassaye, also known as Mouhamed Yatassaye, was arrested on April 30 and charged with four counts of first degree assault.
Acting Director Matthew Albence urged all elected representatives to put aside party politics and focus on facts including how about 90 percent of people arrested by ICE during fiscal 2019 either had a criminal conviction, pending criminal charge, had illegally re-entered the United States after being previously removed, or were an immigration fugitive subject to a final order of removal.
ICE makes about 70 percent of its arrests after being informed an alien has been released from local jails or state prisons. ICE has also lodged more than 160,000 detainers with local law enforcement agencies in fiscal 2019 alone.
“The fact is, people are being hurt and victimized every day because of jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with ICE,” Albence said in a White House press briefing back in September. “It is my sincere desire to work with local partners to whatever extent they are willing to work with this agency in what should be our shared goal to ensure public safety.”
Albence also vowed to continue carrying out the agency’s mission regardless of how closely local law enforcement agencies cooperate with ICE.
“Uncooperative jurisdictions should be on notice that as long as criminal offenders are being released, they should get used to seeing a lot more ICE at-large enforcement activity in their communities,” he said.