The Denver Sheriff’s Department has some explaining to do.
Earlier this month, they released an illegal alien from custody, who then went on to rob and murder a U.S. citizen, and a new development in the story is leaving more questions than answers. You see, Denver is a so-called “sanctuary city,” which means it rarely, if ever cooperates with federal immigration authorities, and when 19-year-old Ever Valles was set to be released, the sheriff’s dragged their feet in notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE had issued a detainer notice on Valles, which meant that they expected to be notified of the time he would be released so they could be present to detain him. However, the ultra-left city doesn’t think that illegals should be deported, so they played games when notifying the federal agency of their plans.
According to 9News, Valles was considered an “immigration enforcement priority” by ICE because of his history of crime. He’s also registered in Colorado’s gang database as a known gang member.
More from the Denver Post:
“The detainer wasn’t honored,” ICE said Friday night in a statement. “He was released by the jail on Dec. 20, 2016, without notification to ICE.”
Denver jail officials said Friday they sent notification of Valles’ impending release by fax to the local ICE office at 11:33 p.m. Dec. 20 after Valles posted $5,000 bond earlier in the day. Valles was then released from jail at 11:59 p.m.
ICE officials, however, said they didn’t receive the fax until 12:37 a.m. on Dec. 21, an hour after jail officials said they sent the fax and 30 minutes after Valles walked free.
ICE officials described Valles as a “citizen of Mexico” and a “known gang member.”
“Due to his criminal history and gang affiliation, Valles is an ICE immigration enforcement priority,” the statement said.
Nice, right? ICE let the Denver Sheriffs know that Valles was a known gang member and they still refused to cooperate.
Now an innocent man is dead because about a month after his release, Valles and another suspect robbed and murdered a man on the city’s light rail system.
From the Post:
Both have been charged with one count of murder in the first degree-robbery, murder in the first degree-kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping-gun.
Valles was charged with four counts of aggravated robbery-gun while Valdez was only charged with two counts. Valdez was additionally charged with murder in the first degree.
Both are accused of robbing and shooting Cruz at gunpoint at the 12th and Sheridan light rail station at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 7. Police arrested Valles the next day on a parole violation. Valdez was arrested on Feb. 10.
This is why sanctuary cities are a bad thing for the nation. Countless stories just like this happen every year, but the press rarely, if ever covers them, and when they do they leave out important details.
President Trump said he plans on stripping sanctuary cities of their federal funding, which really can’t come soon enough. Too many Americans are placed in danger from these reckless policies, and as we see above, some do in fact lose their lives as a result.