NYC officials ignored ICE detainers on illegal alien who attacked NYPD officer

NYC officials ignored ICE detainers on illegal alien who attacked NYPD officer
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One of five homeless men who attacked an NYPD officer on a subway platform on Christmas Day is reportedly an illegal alien who had multiple detainer requests from ICE that were ignored by city officials.

Officer Syed Ali, a veteran of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, was recorded in a viral video that showed him trying to fend off multiple attackers without ever drawing his service weapon.

The incident began when Ali stepped in to help a woman who was being harassed at the subway stop. The men didn’t appreciate law enforcement interfering and began approaching the lone officer in a menacing fashion. He fought off the attackers one by one using his baton and his feet as weapons. As a result, nobody was seriously hurt, though the officer would certainly have been justified in using further force had he feared his life was in danger.

Attacker Was Protected By City Officials

The assailant who was in the country illegally sought – and found – sanctuary in New York City.

According to SiriusXM radio host David Webb, officials ignored multiple ICE detainer requests for the man who would later attempt to assault a police officer.

“One of the suspects is Eliseo Alvarez Santos, one of the homeless men,” reported Webb. “And just to give you a bit of his record, on Dec. 1, 2017, he was brought into Manhattan lock up … and Eliseo is illegal, and an ICE detainer was issued on Dec. 25, 2017 — issued, but not honored. Again on Dec. 26, 2017 — again, not honored.”

Webb adds that Santos was also charged with another serious crime but managed to receive kid glove treatment on that matter. “In April of 2017, he was charged with forcible touching, which was then knocked down to harassment,” Webb said.

Detainers Are Issued for a Reason

Former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan announced in June of 2017 that the Trump administration would be taking a new approach to enforcing immigration laws.

“We’ll issue detainers to anybody in the country illegally,” he explained during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, adding that ICE would also “put detainers on people that have not been convicted of a crime. If you are in this country illegally, and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable, you should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”

Why is it so important to honor detainers for illegals regardless of their criminal history? Because if you wait until they commit another crime, as in the case of this attack on a police officer, it’s often too late to avert disaster. “If we wait for them to violate yet another law against the citizens of this country, it’s late,” Homan explained. “We shouldn’t wait.”

De Blasio to Blame

Webb reports that the decision to ignore the ICE detainers comes from the mayor’s office. “The following policies are dictated by the mayor’s office — Bill de Blasio, his office,” he stated. “In April of 2018, a bench warrant was issued but the warrant did not show up until his arrest on Sunday of this year.”

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil said he would have to look into why the detainers were ignored, especially in light of a bench warrant out for Santos’s arrest. “They definitely should have been kept in custody if they had a warrant on them,” he told the Daily Caller.

Santos, along with two other men involved in the incident, was charged with obstructing governmental administration and riot. Santos had attempted assault, attempted criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing added to his list of charges.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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