Orange County, NC law enforcement arrested Udiel Aguilar-Castellanos and pressed sexual assault charges, ignored ICE detainer…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Orange County, NC followed its sanctuary city policy by refusing to honor an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer and releasing a registered sex offender who is an illegal Mexican national.
“Nearly 90 percent of all foreign nationals taken into ICE custody this year were targeted following their criminal arrest. Despite efforts by certain groups to misrepresent this reality, the fact is ICE continues to focus its enforcement efforts toward criminals and public safety threats,” said ERO Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher.
Orange County Police arrested Udiel Aguilar-Castellanos and pressed sexual assault charges in September 2017, ICE reported.
ICE filed a detainer with the police department the same month.
Aguilar-Castellanos plead guilty on June 27 to two counts of sexual battery against a pre-teen female. He was released the same day.
Orange County Police ignored the detainer and did not notify ICE of his release.
ICE became aware of his release after he registered as a sex offender in Orange County on July 11.
ICE located Aguilar-Castellanos and arrested him in Carrboro, North Carolina soon after.
“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety.” Gallagher said.
A federal immigration judge ordered the final removal of Aguilar-Castellanos from the country in 2015.
He remained an illegal immigrant fugitive for more than two years.
On top of his abuse of a female child, Aguilar-Castellanos also was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2014.
“Through the first half of FY18, more than two-thirds of all persons arrested by ICE are convicted criminals,” ICE wrote. “Of the remaining individuals, approximately 60 percent of those individuals came into ICE custody following their criminal arrest – reflecting the agency’s continued prioritization of its limited enforcement resources on aliens who pose the greatest threat to public safety.”