New York's 'Sanctuary' Policy Frees Accused Child Rapist Despite ICE Detainer

Holly Matkin

New York's "sanctuary" policy resulted in an accused child rapist being released despite a detainer request from ICE.

Brooklyn, NY – An illegal immigrant accused of raping a 13-year-old girl was allowed to walk out of a New York “sanctuary city” jail despite being the subject of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer.

Miguel Federico Ajqui-Ajtzalam, a 20-year-old Guatemalan national, was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, rape, and acting in a manner to injure a child on Feb. 27, according to an ICE press release.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers assigned to the New York Criminal Alien Program subsequently lodged a detainer with the New York City Department of Corrections due to the fact that he was in the country illegally.

“As a result of New York City’s sanctuary policies, Ajqui-Ajtzalam was subsequently arraigned and released from the custody of the NYCDOC without the detainer being honored,” ICE said in the release.

The accused child rapist was apprehended by ERO officers in Brooklyn on March 2, and he is now being detained pending removal proceedings.

“It’s inconceivable that an individual who was arrested for local charges of rape and sexual abuse of a child, would be released back into the community instead of being transferred to ICE who had a detainer in place,” ERO New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker said in the release.

“It’s frightening that our detainer was ignored and he was released onto New York City streets to possibly re-offend,” Director Decker added. “The safety of city residents, especially the more vulnerable, continues to be a priority for ICE enforcement.”

According to ICE, Ajqui-Ajtzalam illegally entered the U.S. as an “unaccompanied alien child” on Sept. 23, 2016.

He was issued a notice to appear and released from ICE custody less than two weeks later, pending removal proceedings.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said it will only honor immigration detainers when “ICE presents a warrant issued by a federal judge establishing that there is probable cause to take the person into custody, and the person has been convicted of a ‘violent or serious crime’ within five years of the arrest or is a possible match on the terrorist watch list,” the New York Post reported.

Approximately 267,000 aliens were removed from the U.S. by ICE in 2019. Of the 143,000 aliens arrested by ERO, over 86 percent had either been convicted of criminal charges or were facing new charges, according to the ICE press release.

Comments (18)
1BigHunter
1BigHunter

I'm willing to wager the 13 year old was not a child of a NY politician. The madness won't stop until it is....

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ArkyArgyle
ArkyArgyle

democrats...the cancer of American society.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

According to the NYS Unified Court System Website, they released this guy and expect him to show up for trial for a five-count felony rape of a minor on April 29th. Sheesh.

Thank goodness for ICE. This is Brooklyn, AOC's home turf. She wants to abolish ICE.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You know, one would think that everyone would want to deport criminals who are in the nation illegally. I mean, I can see the fight against deporting hard working individuals who haven't committed any crime, but a child rapist who has already committed a crime by violating federal immigration laws?

Send him back to where he came from, let them deal with his criminal ass.

Laughriot
Laughriot

Save the cost of deporting him and just put two in the back of his head.

LynnSB
LynnSB

They need to cut his little member off shove it down his goddamn throat and watch him choke on it case solved

vwiles34
vwiles34

And Chicago released a guy without contacting ICE who went out and raped a 3-yr old girl in a restroom. What are these politicians thinking?

Stanracer
Stanracer

These so called sanctuary cities are all going to hell in a handbasket.


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