ICE and NYPD Fall Out Over Detainer Claims

ICE and NYPD Fall Out Over Detainer Claims

( – So-called “sanctuary” laws keep killing Americans — and they’re also fueling a growing conflict between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The latest murder by an illegal immigrant has sparked a bitter and public exchange between ICE and New York cops over who exactly is to blame for the atrocity. Unfortunately for the NYPD, all the evidence is on the other side.


On January 10, an illegal immigrant from Guyana was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting and murdering a 92-year-old woman in Queens. The crime was caught by a security camera and the suspect quickly tracked down.

  • One reason the suspect, 21-year-old Reeaz Khan, was found so quickly is that he already had an arrest record for violent crime. Last November, he allegedly assaulted his father.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that if Khan had been handed over to them after his first arrest, 92-year-old Maria Fuentes would still be alive. Instead, she was knocked down, assaulted, possibly raped and beaten; her injuries included internal bleeding, broken ribs, a fractured spine and tears in her vagina. She died in the hospital from these injuries.
  • If Khan had been handed over into ICE detention after his first arrest, he wouldn’t have been on the streets to attack Fuentes, and ICE made that argument as part of their ongoing criticism of New York’s “sanctuary” policy, which forbids city law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officers. The city’s liberal police chief is an enthusiastic supporter of this policy.
  • However, faced with yet another senseless murder that could have been prevented, the NYPD immediately denied having received an ICE detainer for Khan. On Tuesday, a department spokeswoman said in an official statement that the NYPD “did not receive an ICE detainer in regard to this individual.”
  • Unfortunately for the NYPD, it seems ICE is better at record-keeping than the city cops gave them credit for. The next day, they released a copy of the fax they’d sent to the NYPD on November 27 — the day Khan was first arrested.
  • In a hard-hitting statement, acting ICE chief Matthew Albence said, “It is the height of hypocrisy for NYC to blame ICE for this tragic crime. The mayor & police chief have continually celebrated that they don’t honor ICE detainers, & to deflect the criticism for this completely preventable murder is incredibly disingenuous & shameful.”
  • Albence went on, “ICE could’ve wallpapered the precinct with detainers & [NYPD] would still not have honored them.”
  • It’s up to New York City if they think shielding illegals from the law is more important than protecting their legal residents from foreign criminals, but it’s totally unacceptable for them to try to shift the blame for the latest death. After their devastating response to the NYPD’s denials, it looks like ICE thinks so, too.

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