An illegal alien previously detained by a sanctuary county in New Jersey is accused of killing three individuals in Missouri, but federal authorities argue that these crimes could have been prevented if better cooperation existed between immigration officials and local law enforcement.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, “Luis Rodrigo Perez, 23, a [Mexican national], is charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding two others on Nov. 1 and fatally shooting a woman the next day.” He is now facing three murder charges, one attempted murder charges, plus other charges such as being illegally in the United States and firearms charges, according to ICE.
Because of the circumstances of the the suspect’s acts of violence, ICE officials are blaming the Middlesex County, New Jersey County Jail for the killing spree in Missouri.
“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,” Corey Price, the agency’s active executive director, said. “Had ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country – and three innocent people might be alive today.”
For their part, the authorities in Middlesex County are trying to blame this on ICE. They’re saying that ICE failed to issue an order which would have “authorized Middlesex County to turn over custody of Mr. Perez.” But that’s the upshot of what a detainer does. They asked Middlesex to hold him so they could pick him up. Instead, he was released and now two men and a woman are dead in Missouri.