RALEIGH – It was only a matter of time. Just weeks into his leadership role as Sheriff of Wake County, Gerald Baker’s concerted effort to end cooperation with ICE has led to the release of a violent criminal back onto the streets that would have otherwise gone into ICE custody and eventual deportation.
“According to the arrest warrant, Cordero-Jimenez punched and kicked the victim before she dropped their infant son twice.
After his arrest, he was released the same day on a $2,500 bond.
Under the federal 287G program that the former Wake sheriff complied with, the suspect would have been held and handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, but Baker ran on a promise to stop that cooperation.
ICE officials say this means they have no choice but to go out into the community and look for those in the country illegally.
“When public safety threats are released back into the community, they are free to re-offend in the time that it takes between their release and the time it takes to locate these individuals and to re-arrest them to take them back into custody,” said ICE spokesman Bryan Cox.
Cox said jurisdictions that won’t honor the detainer should notify ICE.
“Simply call us and say we’re releasing this person at X time (and) it’s up to you to be there or not,” Cox said.”
It does not take a genius to determine that violent criminals are likely to be violent again. That goes for citizens as well as illegal aliens. However, when it comes to the latter established law (and common sense) provides for detaining and eventually deporting these individuals, eliminating the chance that a violent criminal such as Cordero-Jimenez can violently beat a woman and risk harm to her child again.
Sheriff Baker completely dismisses this logic, stubbornly arguing that a policy of cooperation is ‘divisive and intimidating’ to the citizens of Wake County. He said it’s up to a judge to determine if a criminal should or should not be released.
Oh really? The actual citizens of this state may disagree which policy is more divisive.
How divisive is the current policy of releasing illegal alien violent criminals back into the community when all it would take is a phone call to have immigration authorities pick them up? The judge wouldn’t even be faced with such a choice if federal immigration law were at least given a veneer of consideration by simply contacting them so THEY can enforce federal law. How are actual citizens of Wake County supposed to have confidence in a law enforcement leader if that leader is thumbing his nose at policies that would lawfully remove violent criminals from their midst?
God forbid the criminal in question strikes again before ICE catches up to him. This risk, and the more general risk, could be seen coming from a mile away. Social Justice Sheriff’s seem to care more about Leftist dogma, though, than doing everything they can to keep their communities safe. The Sheriff of Durham County has joined Wake County in suspending cooperation with ICE, as if Durham doesn’t have enough problems with crime already. Just this week, an illegal alien in Durham, driving without a license, struck and killed a motorcyclist. They are still looking for the suspect, but under the Sheriff’s new policies, once they arrest and process him, he is likely to be released back into Durham County instead of being handed over to ICE.
Unfortunately, this will not be the last time we report on such developments. The policies of non-cooperation promulgated by these Sanctuary Sheriffs make it inevitable that more illegal aliens arrested for violent crimes will be released to endanger communities when it would be very easy to facilitate their removal by immigration authorities.