Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it has arrested a “Most Wanted” illegal alien who had a conviction for felony sex with a minor, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
Kristian Jonas Gamez Trejo, 25, a Honduran national, was arrested by ICE San Francisco Field Office’s ERO At-Large and Fugitive Operations Teams on April 28.
“Once again, I am waiting for San Francisco officials to tell me how not turning over Mr. Gamez made our community safer. San Franciscans deserve better,” said David Jennings, the director of the ICE San Francisco Field Office. “There is no reason this convicted child predator should have been turned loose into our community. Even California’s misguided SB54 sanctuary policy allows local authorities to turn over to ICE any criminal aliens convicted of felony crimes of sexual exploitation or crimes endangering children.”
Gamez had previously been arrested in 2016 for felony sex with a minor, but was released by San Francisco County Jail due to San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies, ignoring the ICE request for a voluntary transfer of Gamez to its custody. He was then arrested a further four times in 2017 and released by San Francisco County Jail each time. In 2018, he was arrested for domestic violence and convicted of battery, before being released yet again.
ICE expressed its displeasure at these circumstances in a statement within the press release.
“Cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” the agency in the press release. “Current California laws and policies severely impede local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to hold criminals accountable and provide justice and closure for their victims. Sanctuary policies shield criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities.”
In this situation, sanctuary city laws kept a convicted child sex predator and domestic abuser with an extensive criminal record on San Francisco’s streets. In order to urge cities to reconsider these dangerous policies, President Trump has threatened to withhold coronavirus aid to sanctuary cities.