Sanctuary Sonoma Ignored ICE Detainers, Protected Illegal Who Torched Wine Country

By Rick Wells

Although nobody deserves what happened in the Sonoma California wine country, the loss of life and property and the tremendous expense and disruption associated with it, there are many in that community, including every Democrat leader, who caused it to happen and have no one but themselves and Sacramento to blame.

They don’t care when an illegal alien kills some “anonymous” American who isn’t related to them, but maybe the elites have connections to those who lost their lives in the Sonoma wine country fires. At a minimum maybe they’ll care that their favorite wine is not going to be available or will cost a lot more, as that affects them personally. Probably not.

Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested on arson charges for fire-setting in the Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico.

To make the case more damning for Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Xavier Becerra and the rest of the open border liberals fighting American sovereignty on behalf of the illegal invasion, he had been twice deported back to Mexico and returned.

Homan stated that ICE has issued detainer requests for the illegal alien, Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, now five times in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 which is related to the arson charges. He stated that all of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges.”

Getting a firsthand education in the results of harboring criminals inside their community, Sonoma County, as is the case now with the entire state, has been a sanctuary jurisdiction that does not fully cooperate with ICE. They do not honor ICE detainer requests asking them to hold a criminal alien for pick up which means the criminal stays in the community, as this one did, and this was the result.

Homan detailed in his statement, “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases.” If they had been, he’d have been setting fires in Mexico, not California. He was apparently not responsible for all of the fires, but even a small incident removed equipment and manpower from where they were already working. Whether he is alleged to have set a primary fire or others is not yet known.

“Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes. ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property.

This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region. Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases.Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions.

The residents of Sonoma County, and the state of California, deserve better than policies that expose them to avoidable dangers. Non-cooperation policies – now enshrined in California state law – ensure only one thing: criminals who would otherwise be deported will be released and left free to reoffend as they please.”

 

 

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