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ICE slams CA sanctuary policy after illegal immigrant suspect in fatal crash leaves jail on bail

This photo comes from the second national wave of Operation Cross Check, an effort by ICE to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Released)

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement pushed back against California sanctuary state policies which came to a head over the weekend when alleged undocumented immigrant Ismael Huazo-Jardinez was arrested after three people were killed in a drunk driving incident in Knights Landing.

According to ICE spokesman Paul Prince, Huazo-Jardinez was released on bail from Sutter County Jail in Yuba City before ICE learned of the arrest and “before we could lodge a detainer to take him into ICE custody.”

Even if ICE filed a detainer, California law prohibits local law enforcement from honoring them. However, Yuba City’s city council voted against the sanctuary state law.

After Huazo-Jardinez left the jail on bail, deportation officers began surveillance on a previous known address of Huazo-Jardinez and he was taken into custody Tuesday without incident, Prince said. Huazo-Jardinez will remain in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings.

“Sanctuary policies not only provide a refuge for illegal aliens, but they also shield criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities,” Prince said in the statement.

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As to whether Huazo-Jardinez will go to court to face charges from the fatal crash, Prince said only that ICE works on a case-by-case basis with local law enforcement to allow people in their custody to appear in court.

ICE could temporarily defer a removal order on Huazo-Jardinez to allow the case to be heard, but deferments will not allow Huazo-Jardinez to stay in the country indefinitely.

“It’s unfortunate that current local and state laws and policies tie the hands of local law enforcement agencies that want and need to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims,” Prince said.

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© 2019 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)

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