Hartford Illegal Migrant Arrested, Released After Alleged Attack

The illegal migrant-fueled crime wave sweeping the U.S. shows no signs of abating. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials reported Friday that a 26-year-old Honduran national illegally in the country was released after being arrested for attacking a minor.

ICE warned communities that the unidentified individual was on the loose even as they attempted to secure his incarceration — which they thankfully were able to do. But the only reason a warning was necessary was that the Hartford Correctional Facility disregarded their detainer and set him free.

The agency noted that locales which do not adhere to federal concerns pose a significant threat to law-abiding citizens.

Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons lamented the lack of local cooperation with agents attempting to protect the public.

He explained, “This is a disturbing example of how non-cooperative jurisdictions can pose a significant threat to communities in our region. Despite the presence of an immigration retainer, local authorities released an alleged…predator onto the streets of a Connecticut neighborhood.”

All too often, leftist-dominated local leaders and prosecutors believe themselves to be “sanctuaries” and ignore authorities attempting to remove violent illegals from the streets.

The suspect illegally entered the U.S. in 2013 and was arrested in Texas. Officials released him after he was assigned to a family in New Britain, Connecticut.

But on Sept. 14, 2023, he was charged with attacking a minor under the age of 13. ICE one month later issued a detainer request, but that was subsequently ignored by authorities at the Hartford facility and he was released on Feb. 1, 2024.

ICE apprehended the unidentified suspect on April 4.

The detainer request asked officials at the state and local levels to notify ICE if they intended to release the illegal migrant suspect. But in the spirit of non-cooperation, it was ignored.

Not surprisingly, Hartford in 2008 announced that it was now a “sanctuary” city. With this came the expressed policy of not working with federal officials on illegal migrants in custody, and the results are apparent.

Prioritizing non-existent “rights” of illegal migrants over the safety of its citizens is something that Hartford’s leaders should be ashamed of. And they deserve to answer to the voters.