ICE Captures Illegal Convicted of Crimes Against Children — Local NC Law Enforcement No Help

ICE Captures Illegal Convicted of Crimes Against Children — Local NC Law Enforcement No Help

ICE continued to help keep the streets of North Carolina safer last week, with little to no help from local police.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office had Marvin Ramirez Torres in custody recently when they received a detainer order from ICE asking them to hold Torres in custody until they could pick him up. The Sheriff’s Office refused to do so — twice  — and released Torres.

Torres was originally arrested in 2017 because he had outstanding warrants for felony indecent liberties with a child — yes, WITH A CHILD. ICE filed the detainer a month later, shortly before he was released.

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On October 29, 2019, Torres was found guilty, again on a felony count of indecent liberties with a child. The El Salvadoran was ordered to register as a sex offender and sentenced to time served. Once again, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office was issued an ICE detainer form and again refused to comply, instead, he was released back onto the North Carolina streets where he is free to accost another child. Luckily for NC residents, when Torres showed up to register as a sex offender on October 30th, ICE officers were waiting to arrest him.

Acting ICE Director Matt Albence said this about the case:

“This is yet another example of a clear public safety threat being released into North Carolina communities rather than into ICE custody due to local sheriff policies on ICE non-cooperation. Continued decisions to refuse cooperation with ICE serve as an open invitation to aliens who commit criminal offenses that these counties are a safe haven for persons seeking to evade federal authorities, and residents of Buncombe County are less safe due to these misguided sanctuary policies.”

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