ASHEVILLE – United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Andrew Murray excoriated Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller for freeing an illegal alien criminal in spite of a detention request from ICE. The Sanctuary Sheriff is one of a handful of sheriffs across North Carolina that have adopted a policy of non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities that is needlessly endangering communities and is counter to the spirit of law enforcement.
From Asheville Citizen Times:
“[…] “As U.S. attorney and previously as district attorney for Charlotte, I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating impact that sanctuary policies can have on a community,” Murray said. “I’ve seen how these policies destroy the lives of innocent victims and their families.”
Torres was initially charged with four felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child. The victim was an 11-year-old girl; Torres was 23.
He is not allowed to contact the victim and is required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.
Torres now is in custody, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lia Bantavani said. […]”
Registered as a sex offender for 30 years…here in the United States? Consider the conflict between knowing someone convicted for molesting a little girl is here illegally, and then doing anything other than removing them from the country. That is the policy being proactively pursued by these Sanctuary Sheriffs.
Even the local district attorney, who is a Democrat, reached out to the US Attorney in an effort to prevent Torres’ release. After the verdict came in, knowing both the nature of this criminal and the policies of the sheriff, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams called Murray to try and get in front of it because the crime was so heinous he couldn’t stand by while this man was released right back into the community.
“[…] In a news release, Williams’ office said Torres “knew and exploited” the victim, who testified against him at the trial.
“The phrasing indecent liberties doesn’t fully express the heinousness and sexual trauma inflicted on this child by Torres’ acts,” Williams said in a statement. “I commend the professionals within our education, social services, medical, child advocacy, family justice, and law enforcement agencies for their work on behalf of this victim/survivor and their continued work to support the healing and recovery of the victim/survivor. […]”
These aren’t arrests for speeding infractions; these are serious and devastating crimes committed by individuals who broke laws to even enter the country in the first place. There are no excuses for law enforcement to be facilitating the release of illegal aliens that have proven their malice to society.