Illegal Immigrant Tossed From Fence After First Attempted Prison Break At California Jail Holding Detainees

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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An illegal immigrant was tossed from a fence after an alleged attempted prison break at a California jail Saturday.

Victorville, California, prison officials pulled down Giancarlo Sanchez-Garcia after he allegedly climbed a fence between two houses around 12:30 p.m. The escape was believed to be the first attempted prison break by a detainee since they were brought to the facility in June, The Daily Press reported Thursday.

Officials placed hand restraints on Sanchez-Garcia for alleged aggressiveness. He was later taken to solitary confinement.

While a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) spokesman said nobody was hurt, a staff member was being treated for a shoulder injury, according to documents obtained by The Daily Press.

Illegal immigrants were brought to the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex on June 8. Nearly 600 inmates were moved to another facility within the complex to make room for the nearly 1,000 detainees that would be housed, The Daily Press reported on June 8.

John Kostelnik, president of the local prison union, and officials with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) were concerned about the prison being under-staffed and resourced to take in the large amount of detainees, according to The Daily Press. (RELATED: Roughly 80 Immigrant Detainees Removed From California Jail To ICE Facilities)

“They are telling us this is going to be over,” Kostelnik said, The Daily Press reported. “But they’re not telling us if this is a permanent ‘over.'”

The detainees were expected to stay in the Victorville prison for up to 120 days until U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could find more beds or the illegal border crossings from Mexico decreased.

The number dropped from 1,000 detainees in June to 350 in August.

The increase in required bedding is due to President Donald Trump’s order signed on Jan. 25, 2017, allowing officials to enforce U.S. immigration laws. One of the provisions includes sanctuary cities not receiving federal grants.

The average daily rate for adult detainee beds costed around $134, according to ICE data for the 2018 fiscal year.

Illegal immigrant and alien arrests went up 50 percent and the number of detainers issued increased to 80 percent in fiscal year 2018.

The AFGE, ICE and BOP did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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