Montgomery County Democratic Executive Marc Elrich “silently” and partially reversed the sanctuary policy after sex crimes allegedly committed by illegal aliens skyrocketed.

The Community Trust Executive Order, signed by Elrich himself in July, prohibited ICE agents from accessing Montgomery County jails in Maryland to detain illegal aliens before they were released, Fox News reported.

“Last month, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich ordered the county’s agencies not to cooperate with ICE—and protect criminals instead,” the White House warned at the time.

The measure prevented local law enforcement from both asking people about their immigration status and collaborating with ICE, reaffirming the Democratic opposition’s position of protecting illegal aliens, to the detriment of the concerns and safety of U.S. citizens.

Pressure and reassessment of the “sanctuary” policy

Not a month had passed when Elrich began to receive “numerous phone calls and emails” and decided to re-evaluate his sanctuary policy because about a dozen illegal aliens were accused of raping and sexually assaulting women and children.

Illegal immigrants arrested and charged with rape or sexual assault in recent months in Montgomery County, Maryland. (Screenshot via FAIRUS.org)
Illegal aliens arrested and charged with rape or sexual assault in recent months in Montgomery County, Md. (Screenshot via FAIRUS.org)

“Cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” an ICE official told Fox News. “When some law enforcement agencies fail to honor detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” he added.

Although it is unclear when the controversial policy was officially reversed, police sources stated that collaboration between local and ICE forces began on Oct. 21, according to ABC7.

That same day, local forces turned over to federal ICE agents illegal alien Jose Reyes Alvarez-Vásquez, 42, who was released on bail on charges of sexual abuse of a minor for a period of 5 years, attempted rape in the second degree, and three counts of sex crime in the third degree.

It is worth noting that to date, there are nine sanctuary states in the United States, and nearly 200 counties, cities, and towns that have implemented sanctuary policies that prevent illegal aliens from being deported.