ICE Detainer Ignored: Released Criminal Tries to Kill Someone

ICE Detainer Ignored: Released Illegal Tries to Kill Someone

Colorado enacted a new rule in May which makes it illegal for law enforcement officers to hold illegal immigrants in jail at the request of ICE officials. This new law almost had deadly results.

Osmani Garces-Ortiz, an illegal immigrant from Cuba who entered the US in 2008, was arrested in October and held at the Arapahoe County Jail on charges of criminal trespassing and drug possession. ICE placed a detainer on him, but it was ignored and he was released on bond.

A few weeks after being released, the Aurora Police Department arrested Garces-Ortiz again. This time, his crimes were much worse. He was charged with assault, attempted murder and violation of bail bond. He is currently being held again at the Arapahoe County Jail with a bond of $202,000.

According to court records, Garces-Ortiz is accused of stabbing someone as well as pointing a gun at the victim’s head and then firing at their feet before leaving.

Unfortunately, this story isn’t rare. We’ve reported multiple times how states like Maryland and North Carolina are making it illegal for jails to hold an inmate at the request of ICE. How many people have to be hurt, or worse, before lawmakers start worrying about the rights of US citizens more than they do about illegal immigrants?

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