ICE: Illegal Alien Accused of Rape Allowed to Walk on Bail in Sanctuary County

Montgomery County, MD has allegedly let an illegal alien accused of rape walk on bail despite having a detainer on file, according to ICE.

Rodrigo Castro-Montejo, 25, was accused of raping an intoxicated woman last week, and the Salvadorean national walked from jail after posting $1,000 bail. He is now a free man walking the streets awaiting his court appearance on Sept. 6.

An executive order issued less than a month ago in Montgomery County gave the county sanctuary status. County Executive Mark Elrich signed the executive order in July that banned all county support toward enforcing immigration law.

“We don’t interact with ICE. We don’t contact ICE nor do we ask any of our residents in Montgomery county about their immigration status in the United States,” Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said.

“I feel pretty sure that most Montgomery county residents don’t agree with the president’s immigration policy such as it is,” Elrich said.

Illegal immigrants appear to be getting the message that Montgomery County is a great base of operations to evade federal law. In addition to the case of Castro-Montejo, two other Salvadorean nationals – 29-year-old Mauricio Barrera-Navidad and 28-year-old Carlos Palacios-Amaya – were recently accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

The lax policies from Montgomery County authorities may have allowed this crime to occur. Barrera-Navidad was given his “final order of removal” in Dec. 2016, but mysteriously stayed in the country anyway. Palacios-Amaya was removed by federal authorities in 2014, but the “repeat immigration violator” returned and enjoyed harbor in Montgomery County.

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” an ICE spokesman said in June. “ICE is committed to maintaining and strengthening its relationships with local law enforcement.”

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