On Friday, acting ICE director, Matthew Albence, referring to the case of Maria Fuertas, a 92-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by Reeaz Khan, 21, who had been released after he had previously been charged with assault and was charged with Fuertas’ murder on January 10, stated, ‘It is this city’s sanctuary policies that are the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman’s life. It’s unbelievable that I have to come here and plead with the city of New York to cooperate with us to help keep this city safe,” as The Daily Mail reported.
Fox News reported, “Albence cited statistics saying that last year ICE lodged 7,526 detainers via its New York field office. Those individuals accounted for 17,873 criminal convictions and 6,500 criminal charges. He went on to say that those charges and convictions include over 200 homicides, over 500 robberies, over 1,000 sexual offenses, over 1,000 weapons offenses, and over 3,500 assaults. However, only about 10 detainers were honored by the city, officials said.”
Albence asserted, “Those who politicize this issue want you to believe that you have to choose between being an immigrant-friendly city and one that cooperates with ICE. Again that is simply false. The only immigrants protected by such policies are those committing violence and dangerous offenses, often in the same communities these politicians are purporting to protect.”