On November 1, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Luis Rodrigo Perez fatally shot and killed two men and injured two others in Missouri. The following day, he allegedly shot and killed a woman. Perez, who is in the country illegally, allegedly committed the murders because the victims kicked him out of their home. Aaron Anderson, who is being charged as an accomplice to the crime, told investigators that he could hear the victims begging for their lives before being shot.
What makes this story even more tragic is the fact that these murders were almost completely preventable.
While detained at Middlesex County Jail in New Jersey last December on domestic violence charges, ICE placed a detainer request on Perez so that he could face an immigration judge and eventually be removed from the United States. However, that request was ignored, and Perez was released back onto the streets.
“Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets and is now charged with killing three people,” said Corey Price, acting executive director of ICE. “It is past time that localities realize the perils of dangerous sanctuary policies and resume their primary goal of protecting their residents.”
Anti-borders advocates have adopted so-called “sanctuary cities” as a basic component of their platform. And while there is no evidence to support the claims that sanctuary cities make communities safer, it’s nearly indisputable that people have died as a result of these policies, and many others have become victims of other crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens that should have been turned over to ICE.
Furthermore, these sanctuary cities endanger those who live in jurisdictions that respect the rule of law as well. In the Perez’s case, he was released by a sanctuary county in New Jersey, then traveled to another state and murdered three people.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), there are 564 sanctuary cities in the United States. There were 338 in 2016, and only 40 in 2009. As more and more jurisdictions join this latest policy push by the mass-immigration lobby, people should, unfortunately, expect more preventable crimes like these to be committed in the future.