Tom Homan, Director for ICE, has verified that the suspect arrested in setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country ‘is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country”,’ reports Breitbart.
The man’s name is Jesus Fabian Gonzalez and has been issued a detainer request for 5 times in the past year; one of which was an incident relating to a suspicion of arson arrest on October 16. The criminal illegal was arrested on all counts “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to a statement released by Homan.
Due to the fact Sonoma County is considered sanctuary jurisdiction, officials have no obligation to fully cooperate with ICE, including the enforcement of any detainer requests. “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” Homan wrote.
Many fires spread over the region and it is not certain what pare the fires Gonzales is said to have started played in the disaster.
The ICE Director’s public statement has placed a spotlight on ‘the lack of cooperation from Sonoma County officials and the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the region’ Breitbart states.
The following is his statement:
Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes. ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property. This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region.
Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases. Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions.
The residents of Sonoma County, and the state of California, deserve better than policies that expose them to avoidable dangers. Non-cooperation policies – now enshrined in California state law – ensure only one thing: criminals who would otherwise be deported will be released and left free to reoffend as they please.
Recently the whole state of California was turned into a sanctuary after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill making this the new law.
Clearly, for the safety of all Californians and Americans, this new law is no good. ICE officials and local authorities need to be able to work together.