The sheriff’s department in a “sanctuary county” reportedly defied ICE and released a rape suspect awaiting deportation proceedings, who then immediately returned to the home of his victim.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials claim that the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, sheriff’s department recently decided to become a “sanctuary” county, ending any cooperation with federal immigration officials, including honoring “detainer” requests for arrested illegal immigrants.
In this case, the alleged rapist was charged with rape on September 30 and released on bond two days later. ICE reportedly had asked he be transferred to federal custody, but the sheriff’s department refused.
The sheriff’s department disputes ICE’s account.
The suspect is presently in custody again and awaiting deportation.
? “Sanctuary” locations, such as cities and counties, have been springing up in recent years in response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration. Although legally meaningless, the term signifies a locality’s hostility toward immigration enforcement, as well as an unwillingness to help federal officials with arrests.