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Immigration and Customs Enforcement has blasted New York City's sanctuary laws, saying the city ignored a federal immigration detainer for a man who went on to be charged with the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman.
Reeaz Khan, 21, walked free without bail on assault and gun charges in late November, six weeks before he was arrested again on Friday and charged in the horrific murder of Maria Fuertes in Queens.
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On Tuesday, ICE released a statement excoriating the city for not cooperating with federal immigration enforcement, saying the murder could have been prevented if its agents had been allowed in November to take custody of Khan, a Guyanese national who is present in the U.S. illegally.
'New York City's stance against honoring detainers is dangerously flawed,' said Thomas R. Decker, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations field office director for New York. 'It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest.'
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'New York City's sanctuary policies continue to threaten the safety of all residents of the five boroughs,' Decker said.
Decker said that every month, New York City releases 'hundreds' of individuals who have been criminally charged and are sought by ICE for deportation.
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'Clearly the politicians care more about criminal illegal aliens than the citizens they are elected to serve and protect,' Decker said.
Detainers are federal requests to local law enforcement to hold people who have been arrested on criminal charges for transfer to ICE for deportation proceedings. New York City is one of many jurisdictions that have laws forbidding cooperation with ICE detainers.
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A spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, fired back at the criticism in a statement blasting ICE.
'It is shameful that the Trump Administration is politicizing this tragedy,' spokeswoman Olivia...
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