Crime

Baltimore Murder Suspects Protected By Sanctuary Laws, Ice Says; ‘This Is The Worst-Case Scenario’

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Two undocumented immigrants suspected in the gang slaying of a 16-year-old girl in Baltimore were released because of sanctuary city policies, despite requests from federal immigration officials, officials said Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it lodged three immigration detainers on three men charged in the May 29 death of Gabriela Ardon. Five people are charged in the killing — three of whom were living in the United States illegally.

“In this case, two of the suspects arrested had previously been encountered by ICE, but due to state and local policies that put politics above public safety, they were released to the street,” said Acting Baltimore Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal. “This is the worst-case scenario when detainers are not honored.”

Wilson Art Constanza-Galdomez, 21, and Wualter Orellana- Hernandez, 19, both from El Salvador, and Honduran national Jonathan J. Pesquera-Puerto, 19, are believed to be members or associates of the … (Read more)