For the second time in two weeks, Seattle police have discovered the bodies of residents murdered notorious gangs like MS-13.
In the latest murder, a member of MS – 13, Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega, 20, known by the nickname “Joker,” was charged in the murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Con Guzman. Guzman was hacked to death with a machete, then chop off his arm and his leg and his body was dumped in the river.
Iraheta-Vega had been arrested multiple times but officials released him every time without ICE being told. Member of ICE said that if the city leaders hadn’t directed local authorities not to work with them, the suspect could have been safely removed from the community last November. ICE also blamed the sanctuary policy in Seattle for facilitating the murder.
In the second murder, ICE said it encountered the same situation as King County authorities refusing to work with them. The victim was murdered by her boyfriend, Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez, with a group of gang members after she posted in a picture showing a rival gang’s hand signals.
ICE said over the last six months while Carillo-Lopez was in police custody, they asked that deportation officers be notified before he was released. But each time before and after the murder, the requests were denied.
According to the Washington Times, both Iraheta-Vega and Carillo-Lopez, who came to the United States as part of the Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) surge, are at the crossroads of the current immigration debate, having gained a foothold in the United States thanks to more relaxed policies for those children—then managed to remain here, despite a growing criminal record, because of sanctuary city policies.
Officials said once the men were inside the United States, they were quickly recruited by the transnational gangs, which reportedly rely heavily on teens in that exact situation to bolster their numbers, according to LAW ENFORCEMENT TODAY.
Tanya Roman, an ICE spokeswoman, told The Washington Times, “As Carillo-Lopez’s crimes increased in severity, local officials chose to release him, time and time again, over immigration detainers that could have taken him off the streets.”
Even though the city has been dealing with these horrific crimes, sanctuary leaders have not shown any signs admitting that it is a huge public safety mistake to defy ICE detainers, and reverse their policies.
Instead, King County Executive Dow Constantine slammed the federal agency, saying ICE was using the case “to sow fear and division for political gain.”