By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Immigration enforcement advocates are outraged over the death of yet another American citizen by an illegal alien who was shielded from a longer jail term and deportation by a Democrat-imposed “sanctuary city” policy in California.
Police in San Jose say that Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, stalked 59-year-old Bambi Larson before breaking into her home and killing her in her bedroom in June. Reports noted that Larson’s body was discovered by her son on Feb. 28, when he checked in on her after she failed to show up for work.
Law enforcement officials have deeply criticized not only California’s sanctuary law before the murder but also pointed to Santa Clara County officials for ignoring no fewer than nine U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for the self-professed gang member.
As for Carranza, he was finally arrested Monday after police investigators tied him to the crime scene using DNA evidence from Larson’s home.
In addition, reports note that he was also seen on security footage “stalking” the area near Larson’s home on the day of her murder, and then again leaving the residence after the crime was allegedly committed.
According to the Daily Mail, Carranza’s arrest record dates back to 2013 when he was busted along the U.S.-Mexico border for illegal entry. He was deported but returned at least 10 times and was jailed on three occasions before allegedly murdering Larson.
When he was arrested by San Jose police, Carranza was on probation for false imprisonment, burglary, and possession of methamphetamine.
The Blaze reports:
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia revealed at a news conference that ICE had applied nine times for a detainer on Carranza, which would have allowed for the suspect to be held longer than his jail term in order to allow federal authorities time to investigate his immigration status.
But county officials ignored the repeated requests due to Santa Clara’s sanctuary status, allowing Carranza to be released and commit further crimes. Garcia slammed the practice of freeing immigrant offenders rather than assisting ICE, saying, “This isn’t about politics, this is about public safety.”
“We are here to protect and embrace our otherwise law-abiding, undocumented residents,” Garcia added. “We are not here nor should we be here to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status.”
ICE field director Erik Bonnar was also critical of the sanctuary policies.
“How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?” he said in a statement.
“It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens,” Bonnar added. “These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real, and often tragic consequences to public safety.”
So really, it is all about politics. Because if it were really about ‘public safety’ and ‘law enforcement,’ there would be no sanctuary policies.
Perhaps the Justice Department should consider lawsuits against California state officials and cities for wrongful death. Somebody needs to be held accountable.
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