Murder case leads to dispute between San Jose and Santa Clara County over ICE policy – KGO-TV

Murder case leads to dispute between San Jose and Santa Clara County over ICE policy - KGO-TV

REPORT: Illegal Immigrant Ordered Detained by ICE 10 TIMES Arrested for Murder in California

Police arrested an illegal immigrant ordered detained by ICE ten times in California for murder Monday; raising serious questions over cooperation between federal and local authorities throughout the state.

Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, was arrested Monday night in connection with the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson; police say he stalked her before stabbing her to death, writes Fox News.

‘The suspect Carlos Carranza stalked the San Jose neighborhood and his victim. He is a San Jose transient, who is known to camp near Capitol and Snell, and is a self-admitted gang member. His criminal history convictions consist of in February of 2013 he was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the border near McAllen, Texas and deported.”

ICE preliminary information suggests this is at least the tenth detainer ICE has lodged with local California law enforcement agencies on Arevalo-Carranza since 2016, said a written statement from ICE Acting Field Office Director Erik Bonnar.

In a statement Tuesday, authorities announced they had taken 24-year-old Carlos Arevalo Carranza into custody for allegedly fatally stabbing Bambi Larson. 59-year-old Larson was discovered in her home back in late February after her son checked on her when she had not shown up to work.

BREAKING: ICE statement on illegal alien suspect arrested for murdering 59 yr old Bambi Larson in San Jose. #FNR pic.twitter.com/DLD4Suhs74

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in the Northern California city of San Jose on Wednesday criticized so-called sanctuary policies they say prevented federal authorities from detaining a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman.

Finally, there’s another angle worth noting here too. Chief Garcia was asked during the Q&A why Carranza was on the streets given all of his arrests and the fact that he was on probation already. Garcia said he couldn’t answer that but explained that issuing penalties for crimes was not part of his job. It makes me wonder if the fact that Carranza was homeless played into this as well. As we’ve seen in Seattle, the justice system has become a revolving door for people like Carranza out of an apparent desire not to criminalize homelessness. So he may have been shielded from more serious consequences for two reasons. If so, that’s a shame and something else that needs to change.

Illegal immigrant stabs California woman to death after sanctuary laws protected suspect from ICE 9 times

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, stalked Bambi Larsons neighborhood before beating and stabbing her to death in her home. The immigrant from El Salvador had been on the radar of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since 2013, when he failed to show up in immigration court.

It’s hard to argue with that. Carranza was a homeless drug addict who stole from people in order to feed his habit. He had already been deported once meaning it should have been a simple matter to deport him again and stop him preying on Californians, but instead California’s sanctuary policies shielded him. To be clear, the state sanctuary policy only took effect in Jan. 2018 but Los Angeles and other areas have had sanctuary policies in place much longer. The bottom line is this: If not for those policies, Carranza would have been handed to ice and deported before the (alleged) murder of Bambi Larson.

Arevalo Carranza, who was homeless and had several convictions for felony offenses, was arrested Monday night in the Feb. 28 killing of Larson, 59, a manager at medical testing company Roche Sequencing Solutions in San Jose.

A self-admitted gang member, he has a long criminal history in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles spanning five years. He was on probation for the possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, false imprisonment and burglary, Garcia said.

ICE field director Erik Bonnar also spoke out against sanctuary policies, asking in a statement, “How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Wednesday its time for Santa Clara County officials to reconsider a policy that ignores federal hold requests for predatory felons. He said he has been urging county officials to treat violent criminals in the country illegally differently from the rest of those who entered the U.S. without legal permission.

But county officials ignored the repeated requests due to Santa Claras sanctuary status, allowing Carranza to be released and commit further crimes. Garcia slammed the practice of freeing immigrant offenders rather than assisting ICE, saying, “This isnt about politics, this is about public safety.”

“Were not asking the county to detain anyone a minute longer than the law and the constitution allow,” Liccardo told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

“We simply want them to pick up the phone and tell ICE so that the violent felon is not released back into our streets,” he added.

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San Jose Officials Criticize Sanctuary Law After Gang Member in U.S. Illegally Allegedly Stabbed Woman to Death

Garcia, the police chief, also criticized Santa Clara Countys policy during a Tuesday news conference announcing Arevalo Carranzas arrest.

Bonnar told CBS San Francisco: How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens? 

“Were not here, nor should we be here, to shield admitted gangsters and violent criminals regardless of their immigration status,” Garcia said.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said in a statement that the county cannot hold immigration suspects for ICE without a warrant or a judicial order unless the person is currently charged with a crime.

San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo decried the policy too. It is long overdue for the County to reconsider its current policy of ignoring ICE hold requests for predatory felons, which undermines the safety of the very immigrant communities we collectively seek to protect, he said in a statement. The Countys policy has nothing to do with the Citys decades-long policy of declining to have police engage in federal immigration enforcement, which was implemented to protect public safety. In contrast, the current County policy of ignoring detainer requests for individuals arrested for strike offenses and convicted of multiple felonies undermines public safety, and violates common sense.

He said the county has for many years provided ICE with real-time local and state-level data on who is in custody and when they will be released.

The latest revelations in the murder of Larson in suburban San Jose are guaranteed to direct the Fox News outrage machine toward the Bay Area once again. The initial details in Mondays arrest of suspect Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, accused of breaking into Larsons home on February 28 and stabbing her repeatedly, described the 24-year-old as a transient, undocumented, and a Salvadorian national. But his background is beginning to sound more alarming, as KGO reports that ICE had tried to detain him at least half a dozen times, and that station now describes him as a self-admitted gang member with a long history of arrests.  

“Despite having this information, ICE does not show up to take custody in a timely manner to avoid release into the community,” Cortese said.

All nine known previously lodged detainers have been ignored and have allowed Arevalo-Carranza back onto our streets to re-offend, ICE field office director Erik Bonnar said in a statement to KPIX. How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?

Cortese didnt address the Arevalo Carranza case in his statement, saying he had little information on him.

Garcia confirmed that police officers would not have known that Carranza was in the country illegally because they would not have asked him. He noted: “We are here to protect and embrace our otherwise law-abiding, undocumented residents. We are not here — nor should we be here — to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regarded less of immigration status”

His spokeswoman, Janice Rombeck, said Cortese was traveling Wednesday and was not available to comment.

According to Fox, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association issued a statement criticizing immigration policies that do not recognize that “there’s a distinct difference between a Dreamer who commits a victimless crime and a violent serial sexual predator with multiple offenses.”


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