(bigleaguepolitics)A repeat violent felon who has been deported from the United States multiple times has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder in San Jose, California. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pointing to California’s open borders sanctuary policies as an impetus preventing Fernando De Jesus Lopez-Garcia from being deported following previous criminal convictions.
De Jesus Lopez-Garcia has a criminal history spanning back nearly 15 years that includes convictions for battery of a spouse, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, battery of an officer, and vandalism. San Jose, California police arrested Garcia on November 22nd for two counts of murder, battery on a spouse or cohabitant and violation of a protective order.
ICE points to three instances within the past two years in which the repeat felon was released into the community following jail stints in California, even as the immigration enforcement agency lodged detainer requests seeking to have De Jesus Lopez-Garcia transferred into their custody for deportation proceedings.
“Our deepest condolences go out the victims and their families in this case,” said David Jennings, San Francisco ICE ERO field office director. “Here we have catastrophic proof of the abject failure of California’s sanctuary policies. The only person this policy protected was a criminal; permitting him to reoffend over and over again. Had those immigration detainers been honored, or had ICE been notified on any of the other multiple occasions he was arrested and released from local jails, we would have taken him into custody. Regrettably, politics continues to prevail over public safety, the detainers were ignored, and De Jesus Lopez-Garcia was released to the street.”
“Because of this recklessness, people lost their lives, allegedly at the hands of a repeat criminal and immigration offender,” continued Jennings. “These are deaths that likely could have been prevented had local law enforcement cooperated with ICE, as we have so effectively done in years past, toward the common goal of public safety.”