Department of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen and Sean Hannity discussed the story of a girl who was raped by an illegal immigrant who was released from prison instead of being held as ICE requested on the latter’s show Wednesday night.
“Let me tell the audience about a case that we just found out about and this is out of the city of brotherly love, this is out of Philadelphia. Previously deported immigrant from Honduras raped a child after Philadelphia authorities ignored ICE detainers and released him, pled guilty to illegal entry. Anyway, it goes back to this particular man, Juan Ramon Vasquez, 45,” Hannity explained.
“Then after local criminal charges against him were dropped, Philadelphia officials did not comply with a detainer by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was released, after his release he was rearrested and convicted for the rape of a child, and unlawful sexual contact with a minor,” he continued. (RELATED: Feds Charge Illegal Who Raped Child After Release From Sanctuary City)
Vasquez was deported from the country back in 2009, and then was arrested five years later after he reentered the country illegally. He was in custody when ICE put a request in for him to be held but the city didn’t acknowledge it and released him. Vasquez was then arrested for rape.
Nielsen responded, “It could have been prevented and it should have been prevented. We owe the American people better. I mean this is a perfect example of when jurisdictions decide not to cooperate with federal law enforcement. We put our communities at risk.”