ICE speaks out after nanny rape-murder suspect is twice deported illegal immigrant and New Jersey offered ‘limited cooperation’

(File Photo: ICE.gov)

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency slammed New Jersey’s “limited cooperation” after a twice-deported man from Honduras was charged with brutally strangling a woman.

Federal authorities called out the state for its stand on immigration issues in the wake of the brutal murder of a Jersey City nanny last month and the arrest of the twice-deported illegal immigrant who was charged with kidnapping, raping, and murdering her, USA Today reported.

(Image: Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office)

Carolina Cano’s body was found in a Jersey City lake in Lincoln Park where she was believed to have been jogging the morning of March 24, according to Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Jorge Rios was arrested and charged with felony murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of the 45-year-old victim, who was an immigrant from Peru living in the U.S. for two years.

According to ICE, Rios, identified by the federal agency as Jorge Alberto Rios-Doblado, was deported for immigration violations in 2003 and 2004. He could be deported a third time after serving his sentence if convicted, which could be 30 years to life for murder.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a directive in November prohibiting state and local police departments from “assisting federal immigration on authorities with ‘civil immigration law,’ with some exceptions,”  USA Today reported.

“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” the Newark ICE office said in a statement. “ICE will seek taking custody of Rios-Doblado at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings, despite limited cooperation in the state.”

Grewal argued Wednesday that the policy was prompted by “overly zealous enforcement of immigration laws” that could discourage people from reporting crimes to the police.

“Our job as state law enforcement officers is to enforce the criminal laws of this state and that’s all we told our law enforcement officers through that directive,” Grewal told state lawmakers questioning New Jersey’s immigration policy. “We don’t enforce civil immigration deportation orders.”

New Jersey radio host Dennis Malloy slammed state officials for failing to protect citizens in the “sanctuary state” because they are “pandering” to a “crop of future voters.”

“Perhaps he was drawn to New Jersey due to the rhetoric of the governor and top state officials pledging not to cooperate with ICE in handing over illegal aliens in state custody,” Malloy wrote referring to Rios-Doblado in an opinion piece on New Jersey 101.5 FM.

“Maybe he just thought it was a nice place to live. There are possibly hundreds, maybe thousands like Rios, who’ve been deported and have criminal records, that feel New Jersey is a safe place to hide in plain sight,” Malloy added.

“Maybe leaders in this state should stop pandering to what they hope is a whole crop of future voters and concern themselves more with the safety and well-being of the legal residents of this state,” Malloy wrote.

“What happened to Ms. Cano was horrific, despicable and totally preventable. One of the few and more important responsibilities of our elected officials both state and federal is to maintain the safety of its citizens,” he concluded. “It’s sad that some of them have sent the message to dangerous criminals here illegally that New Jersey is a safe haven for them.”

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