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Bill De Blasio and New York City’s sanctuary laws were put on blast by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, stating that the city failed to comply with an federal immigration detainer for a man who ultimately was charged with the murder and rape of a 92 y.o. female
According to authorities Reeaz Khan, a 21 y.o. Guyanese national, is being held on Rikers Island for allegedly assaulting and killing Mari Fuertes last week in Richmond Hill
Khan was also recently released from custody back in November after he was held for attacking and stabbing his father with a broken coffee cup.
According to New York City’s Sanctuary Policy offenders do not need to be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they have not been convicted of the crime which is why Khan was not turned over to Immigration at that time.
Thomas Decker, New York field-office director of enforcement and removal operations for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated, “It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest included assault and weapon charges, and he now faces new charges, including murder.”
“New York City’s sanctuary policies continue to threaten the safety of all residents of the five boroughs as they repeatedly protect criminal aliens who show little regard for the laws of this nation.”
ICE released a statement on Tuesday, condemning the city for their lack of cooperation with Federal Immigration Enforcement. If Khan, a Guyanese national, had been turned over to immigration back in November after being arrested for attacking his father this murder could have been prevented.
‘New York City’s stance against honoring detainers is dangerously flawed,’ stated 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.’
A spokesperson for NYC 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,’ spokesperson Olivia Lapeyrolerie informed reporters.
‘If Mr. Khan is convicted, the city will cooperate with federal officials in accordance with local law,’ she said.
The murder occurred on January 6th on the streets of Richmond Hills after midnight