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Illegal alien went to victim’s house and raped her immediately after Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office failed to honor ICE detainer

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Antonio Ulises Perez, a 38-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador accused of rape, Wednesday, after the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) failed to honor an ICE detainer and released him from custody.

Almost immediately following his release from the Oklahoma County Jail on Oct. 9, Ulises Perez went to the home of the woman he is alleged to have raped. The victim contacted the police and Ulises Perez fled the scene.

Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law enforcement agencies who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer form advises law enforcement agencies to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting.

Under this authority, ICE lodged an immigration detainer with the OCSO on Oct. 8 requesting that they transfer custody of Ulises Perez to ICE in the event that he was scheduled to be released from OCSO custody. However, OCSO released Ulises Perez around 3 a.m. on Oct. 9, about an hour after notifying ICE, that he was scheduled to be released preventing deportation officers any reasonable opportunity to take custody.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event. Over the past few months ago, Oklahoma County has routinely failed to honor ICE detainers by releasing criminal aliens back into the local community before ICE has the opportunity to take custody.

“It is unconscionable that someone who is sworn to uphold the law would find it acceptable to release an alleged rapist who is illegally present in the U.S. back into the community when there are other options available under federal immigration law,” said Marc Moore, field office director for ICE Dallas. “Within a few hours of being released, this illegal alien was back at the home of the rape victim where he was free to re-victimize her and harm other members of the community. Fortunately, ICE deportation officers were able to quickly locate this individual and safely take him back into custody.”

On Sept. 30, Ulises Perez was arrested by the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) on suspicion of rape. On Oct. 8, ICE interviewed Perez in person, and lodged an immigration detainer with the OCSO, advising them to transfer custody of Ulises Perez to ICE in the event that he was scheduled to be released from local custody. Pending further investigation, OCPD was unable to continue to detain this individual and processed him for release. On Oct. 9 at approximately 3 a.m., the active detainer was not honored, and the OCSO released Ulises Perez from the Oklahoma County Jail. On Oct. 9, ICE deportation officers arrested Ulises Perez in Oklahoma City. He remains in ICE custody pending disposition of his immigration proceedings.

ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. Nationally, approximately 90 percent of all people arrested by ICE during fiscal year 2019 either had a criminal conviction, a pending criminal charge, had illegally re-entered the United States after being previously removed (a federal felony), or were an immigration fugitive subject to a final order of removal.

Approximately 70 percent of the arrests ICE makes happen after ICE is notified about an alien being released from local jails or state prisons. In fiscal year 2019, ICE has lodged more than 160,000 detainers with local law enforcement agencies.

About detainers

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodges detainers on individuals who have been arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens.  The detainer asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period of time so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon release from that custody. When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.

Congress has established no process, requirement, or expectation directing ICE to seek a judicial warrant from already overburdened federal courts before taking custody of an alien on civil immigration violations. This idea is simply a figment created by those who wish to undermine immigration enforcement and excuse the ill-conceived practices of sanctuary jurisdictions that put politics before public safety.

When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release a criminal alien onto the streets this negatively impacts public safety and ICE’s efficiency in the apprehension of criminal aliens. Federal immigration laws authorize DHS to issue detainers and provide ICE broad authority to detain removable aliens.

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  1. Why are illegals being released at all? Why aren’t they jailed until ICE can take custody of them? What is wrong with our system of justice that an illegal can come and go as they want and the rest of the population has to worry about these illegals running loose and free to do as they want? Build the wall and we won’t have to worry so much about illegal aliens doing as they want and getting away with it? Why are illegals untouchable under our laws, lack of laws, or lack of enforcement of our laws?

    1. Are you not aware of the overcrowded prison population, Mary?

      It is not a question of “catch and release, Mary. Many of these criminal aliens are detained in prison and serve out their time, but then are released back into society to commit further mayhem rather than be reported to ICE for possible deportation.

  2. If this was one of my loved ones. I would do all of my home work. I would find out who let him go and if they let him go so he would not be deported i would hold street court on them. and I would have every right to.
    We all need to take a stand before it happens to one of your loved ones. We can not and must not let this happen one more time.
    If they can put the law into their hands we can to remember they work for us not the other way around.

    1. You do not have a “right” to vigilantism. Nor do you have the “right” to “hold street court” on someone on whom you have “done your homework.”

      You do have an obligation though to notify federal law enforcement of an illegal’s freedom from federal restraint in the United States. Then let ICE resolve the matter for you.

      The STAND we all need to take can be found in-line at the polling station. Don’t just sit on your hands and wonder why society is crumbling around you, VOTE! Trump can only drain the swamp by exposing corrupt politicians, the rest is up to us to remove the scum from office by voting for a better candidate.

  3. In the old West of the 1700’s when ‘the Law” from Washington D.C. was sparse and Marshals were few, there are tales of outlaws robbing, rustling, even murder & rape going to hideouts deep in the canyons accessible only by narrow trails through the craggy hills. This hideout often calld “Robber’s Roost” was their haven of safety, their SANCTUARY.

    Now we’re either going backwards or have proof that these Socialist Democrats still don’t have an original thought. (perhaps both)

    Now we have a great deal more Federal Law Enforcement personnel and Congressional approved LAWS , So where the &^$* are the Feds? The ‘officials in these cities are themselves CRIMINALS ! And should be treated as such!! ….sadly, it seems that “five pieces of silver” buys criminals a great deal these days.

    I’m all for a law that says ‘come illegally,,,go directly to jail (prison) It’s cheaper to keep them there than allow the destruction and loss of our lives

  4. What ever happened to the Supremacy Clause, or Pre-emption, of Article VI of the Constitution?

    The cause of sanctuary cities and states has got to stop! Trump should put his foot down and demand the Attorney General look into prosecution of those states and municipalities who subvert Article VI and ignore the legislative right of the U.S. Congress to make law.

  5. SUE SUE SUE … I hope you get 5 MILLION DOLLARS from this inept police department! They only pay attention when you hit them in the wallet…SUE SUE SUE GO TO THE PAPERS MAKE THE BIGGEST STINK THAT TOWN HAS EVER SEEN Do not let them sweep it under the rug …

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