Sanctuary City Won’t Honor Detainer — So Trump’s ICE Makes Big Move to Show Business as Usual Is over

In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for an end to sanctuary cities and stepping up immigration enforcement in serious ways.

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested a man who had previously been removed from the United States on three SEPARATE occasions after he was released from New York City custody with an active ICE detainer in place. The man has a criminal history in the United States which includes felony re-entry and assault and several felony and misdemeanor charges.

Hector Suarez, a Dominican national who had previously been removed from the United States on three occasions after he was released from New York City custody with an active ICE detainer in place.

Suarez has a long criminal history in the United States. His record includes felony re-entry and assault and several felony and misdemeanor charges.

ICE revealed details about Suarez’s criminal history in a press release on Monday:

Suarez, a citizen and national of the Dominican Republic, was ordered removed in October 2002 and was subsequently removed from the United States to the Dominican Republic on Nov. 7, 2002. In March 2003, Suarez was encountered in Texas and was served with a Notice of Intent /Decision to Reinstate Prior Order. He was criminally charged and pleaded guilty to the violation of Title 8 United States Code 1326(a) and (b)(2) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In April 2004, Suarez was removed to the Dominican Republic for a second time. In August 2006, Suarez was again encountered in the United States, but this time in New York, where he was served with a Notice of Intent /Decision to Reinstate Prior Order. On Sept. 16, 2009, he was removed to the Dominican Republic for a third time.

Although his most recent charge is a misdemeanor, Suarez has a more serious criminal history dating back to 1997. In January 1997, he was convicted of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree in violation of New York State Penal Law (NYSPL) section 220.16. April 2002, he was convicted for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree in violation of NYSPL section 220.06.  In November 2006, he was convicted for Attempted Assault in the Second Degree in violation of NYSPL section 120.05(03).  In September 2008, Suarez was convicted in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas for violation of Supervised Release and sentenced to incarceration to run consecutively to his New York State sentence.

Well, that’s a;; about to end. ICE is CLEARLY fed up with sanctuary cities releasing criminal aliens and putting them back on the streets to terrorize more American citizens. So fed up, in fact, agents hunted Suarez down and arrested him on a federal warrant, and now he is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Thomas R. Decker, ICE’s New York field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, said in a scathing statement:

“This is the case of another criminal alien, a felon, who was released back into the streets. Politics and rhetoric are not what keep the people of this great city safe.

ICE is committed to maintaining and strengthening its relationship with local law enforcement. We also welcome changes to the city’s present detainer policies in the interest of public safety and national security.”

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