Murder suspects protected by Baltimore sanctuary city policies: ‘worst-case scenario,’ ICE says

The men are suspects in gang related killings of two teenage girls

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Updated: September 16, 2020 - 1:37pm

Illegal immigrants suspected of killing two teenage girls in Baltimore had been previously arrested by police, but sanctuary city policies allowed the men to return to the streets without the approval of ICE. 

Six people in all are suspected of murdering two teenage girls in May and June, which possibly could have been prevented if the illegal immigrants had been deported, like ICE had originally requested.

The suspects are facing charges including murder, assault, kidnapping. At least three of the suspects being illegal immigrants who came from Central America as juveniles, policies allow them easier ways of staying in the U.S.

“In this case, two of the suspects arrested had previously been encountered by ICE, but due to state and local policies that put politics above public safety, they were released to the street,” said acting Baltimore Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal. “This is the worst-case scenario when detainers are not honored.”

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