In early April, 52-year-old Fidel Lopez, an illegal alien, was sentenced to just 60 days in prison after he raped his fiancée’s Lhasa Apso mix with such violent force that the dog had to be euthanized. According to Breitbart, the judge said that 60 days was the maximum sentence the man could receive in Oregon.
But, reports said, the man was immediately released because he had already served that time while awaiting trial.
ICE said authorities should have notified them of his release but, Oregon being a sanctuary state, they did not, instead turning the man loose on the community.
“On April 8, Lopez was convicted of sexual assault of an animal and aggravated animal abuse and sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for time served,” ICE spokeswoman Tanya J. Roman said in a statement. “The Multnomah County Jail did not honor the immigration detainer and released him without notice to ICE.”
But that didn’t stop the agency, which picked Lopez up at his home and took him to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma “pending immigration proceedings.”
New York’s Daily News added:
In March 2018, ICE officials put a hold on Martin Gallo-Gallardo, who had been charged with felony fourth-degree assault in an alleged attack on his wife, The Oregonian reported in November. The Multnomah County jail did not recognize ICE’s civil detainer, the newspaper reported. Gallo-Gallardo walked free, then allegedly killed his wife.
Similar dynamics were at play in Lopez’s case.
“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” Roman said in ICE’s statement. “It’s unfortunate that current local and state laws and policies tie the hands of local law enforcement agencies that want and need to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims. Sanctuary policies not only provide a refuge for illegal aliens, but they also shield criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities.”