U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) blasted the city of Chicago after it ignored a detainer request for an illegal alien who went then commit heinous crimes once freed from custody.
“In June 2019, ICE lodged an immigration detainer with the Chicago Police Department on [34-year-old Christopher] Puente, who has several felony convictions and a prior removal, after he was arrested for theft,” an ICE press release said.
Despite his lengthy rap sheet and prior deportation, Chicago refused to cooperate with ICE, and Puente subsequently raped a three-year-old girl.
“That detainer was not honored and on Feb. 19, 2020, Puente was once again arrested, except this time it was for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old at a fast food restaurant,” the federal law enforcement agency said.
Puente has two felony convictions for burglary, and a conviction for forgery.
He was deported in 2014, only to return five days later.
Upon his return, he presented false identification to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent, and was arrested for falsely claiming citizenship. He was then released back into the United States while he awaited an immigration hearing. That hearing took place in 2017, but Puente did not show up. He was ordered to be removed from the country in absentia.
He was back on law enforcement’s radar in June 2019, though it’s unclear how that happened. That is when Chicago ignored ICE’s detainer, and once again freed Puente despite the 2017 removal order and the past convictions.
Robert Guadian, field office director of Chicago Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), blasted the city.
“How many more victims must there be before lawmakers realize that sanctuary policies do not protect the innocent?” he asked.
“Puente should have been in ICE custody last year and removed to his home country. Instead, irresponsible lawmaking allowed him to walk free and prey on our most vulnerable.”
ICE said Chicago ignored at least 1000 detainers in 2019.
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