How many murderers are roaming around in King County, Washington, because of its sanctuary policies for illegal aliens? It seems like there’s a new horror story every day.
Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez is accused of luring Josue Flores, a rival gang member, into Goldsmith Park in King County, Washington, and pistol-whipping him before shooting him to death. The murder took place at midnight on April 3, but it wasn’t until last week that police arrested Carillo-Lopez and three other suspects involved.
Now, an ICE spokesperson tells me, in response to an inquiry from CR, that the main suspect is an illegal alien. “Accused murderer, Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez, is a citizen of Guatemala and in the United States illegally. Carillo-Lopez is a known associate of the Crossroads Locos 13, who originally came to the U.S. as an unaccompanied child,” said the spokeswoman for ICE’s Seattle office. “On April 15, 2015, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) encountered and arrested Carillo-Lopez as an unaccompanied child near Sasabe, Arizona, and issued him a notice to appear the following day. He was then transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and later released on an order of recognizance to a sponsor in Texas.”
A great many of the youths whom we are resettling in this country under the UAC program are not victims of trafficking, but are dangerous gang members. It remains the most unchecked loophole at our border and poses a tremendous security threat to every city in this country.
And the national policies are aggravated by Washington state’s sanctuary policy, refusing to honor ICE detainers no matter the severity of the crime.
It turns out Carillo-Lopez was in police custody several times both before and after the murder was committed, and each time, authorities ignored ICE detainers. “This is yet again another example of sanctuary policies shielding criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities from immigration enforcement,” said Tanya Roman, an ICE spokeswoman. “As Carillo-Lopez’s crimes increased in severity, local officials chose to release him, time and time again, over immigration detainers that could have taken him off the streets.”
Here is the timeline of the four ignored detainers, according to ICE:
Finally, he was arrested for the murder along with multiple robbery charges on September 30. ICE lodged a detainer with the King County jail the following day. Thankfully, he is being held on $2 million bond, but sadly, were he to post bond, King County would not honor the detainer even now. Recently, King County released a criminal alien who is accused of stabbing a father in front of his son on a local subway.
The influx of Central American teens is swelling the ranks of gangs throughout the country. Maryland is ground zero for MS-13 recruitment. Last week, four illegal aliens from Central America who came here as teens plead guilty to participating in a gruesome MS-13 murder in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. According to the Annapolis Capital Gazette, “The guilty pleas are the latest in an expansive racketeering case against more than two dozen suspected MS-13 members in the region.”
What’s worse is that thanks to the border crisis, ICE’s resources have been diverted away from interior enforcement so there are fewer agents to hunt down the worst criminal aliens. In a press conference today, acting ICE Director Matt Albence predicted that 15,000 fewer criminal aliens would be arrested this year because of ICE’s triage mission at the border.
When is the last time you’ve seen a Republican senator hold a press conference on this issue the way the Democrats do on gun control? Mitch McConnell? John Cornyn? So long as Republicans in the Senate refuse to make Democrats take tough votes on sanctuary cities, the border crisis, and resettlement of gang-tied illegal alien teens into our communities, this problem will only get worse.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.