Sanctuary jurisdictions will not cooperate with ICE to remove arrested illegal alien rapists or child sex offenders. What about those who attempt to murder people in front of their kids? Well, evidently, there is no floor to the lawlessness of places like King County, Washington.
On September 14, a man was taking his son to a Washington Huskies basketball game when he was suddenly stabbed in the back at the University of Washington light rail station. There were several incidents in Seattle’s downtown public transportation that shook up the public in recent weeks. But this particular incident should never have happened. On Monday, KIRO’s Dori Monson reported that the perpetrator was Nery Jovani Acevedo-Sanchez, an illegal alien who should have been deported numerous times for his criminal record.
I reached out to ICE and was informed that Acevedo-Sanchez is a Mexican citizen and is in the United States illegally. “Acevedo-Sanchez has an extensive criminal history and has been repeatedly released from local custody with no notification to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” said ICE spokeswoman Tanya Roman.
Acevedo-Sanchez’s jailbreak began with Obama’s sanctuary nation policies and ended with Seattle’s sanctuary city policies. According to ICE, back when local jurisdictions were actually following the law, ICE got hold of Acevedo-Sanchez twice in early 2013 after he was arrested on local charges. However, under the Obama administration’s new priorities of enforcement, he was let go into what’s called “Alternative to Immigration Detention” (ATD) and wound up disappearing. Obama didn’t view illegal aliens arrested for drugs or theft as a priority, and many of them were released during his second term in office.
Acevedo-Sanchez wasn’t seen again until April 2017 after he was arrested for domestic violence, but by that point, King County had already become a sanctuary. “On April 7, 2017, Acevedo-Sanchez was encountered by ICE following his arrest and subsequent conviction of two counts of domestic violence, and violating an order of protection,” said ICE in a statement. “ICE issued an immigration detainer the same day, the detainer was not honored, and he was released.”
He reoffended again earlier this year but was released. “On April 26, 2019, the Olympia Police Department arrested Acevedo-Sanchez on local charges. ICE encountered Acevedo-Sanchez at Olympic City Jail and issued an immigration detainer on April 29, 2019. The detainer was not honored.”
According to arrest records, Acevedo was brought in on theft and assault charges in April.
Thus, thanks to lawlessness, he was able to continue his criminal career for six years until he was arrested for the non-fatal stabbing at the light rail station on September 14. ICE issued a detainer two days later, and he still remains in custody at the Regional Justice Center on $100,000 bond.
This is a classic case where ICE will likely have to stake out the courthouse during judicial proceedings in order to apprehend him, because even after he committed a more serious crime, King County will still not cooperate. ICE has no way of knowing when those arrested for crimes will be released, and often local sanctuaries insidiously time their releases when they think ICE will be caught off-guard.
This is also a great example of the confluence of jailbreak policies, aka weak on crime in general, mixing with sanctuary immigration policies. To begin with, nobody seems to serve meaningful time behind bars in Seattle, and many violent offenders are released on bond immediately. This is a public safety problem in general, but it’s made that much worse with criminal aliens who can be taken by ICE so that they are not a risk to the public for reoffending, as was so evident with the case of Acevedo-Sanchez.
A local couple is suing King County for consistently releasing a violent criminal with over 70 criminal charges during the course of 16 years. Because he was released, he went on to beat them to within an inch of their lives with a baseball bat. Even after that incident, he will only serve 4.5 years in prison.
King County so much values protecting all criminal aliens, including those convicted for rape, that the local sheriff toyed with the idea of pulling out of a critical law enforcement information sharing tool even for criminal citizens just so ICE wouldn’t possibly pick up some information on criminal aliens.
It’s the ultimate game of cops and robbers, except in sanctuary cities, the cops are forced to act like the robbers. It’s up to the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress to bring in the cops against both the foreign and domestic robbers in cities like Seattle, lest we descend into Third World anarchy.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.