This policy by the city of Philadelphia is concerning and one that should be seriously reviewed.
United States Attorney William M. McSwain is warning Philadelphia city officials to "to stop treating the criminal justice system like a game in which they play political favorites" in relation to immigration law after an illegal alien who previously found guilty of burglary, kidnapping, and rape, pleaded guilty this week to re-entering the country.
The city of Philadelphia is one of the most obstinately federally defiant jurisdictions in the country, as its Sanctuary City policy routinely ignores immigration law, provides shelter to those illegally in the country, and even gives medical and other benefits to illegal immigrants in the city at the expense of tax dollars. The city also refuses to notify ICE after illegal aliens are released from local prisons, even for violent crimes, even if ICE has an immigration detainer on the individual.
But, if he had been acquitted of his alleged crimes and if ICE did not have a written approval detainer request signed by a federal judge, Philadelphia officials would like have released him back into the streets without notifying the agency. Right now, he is serving 22-44 years in prison for his crimes.
In a press release issued Wednesday U.S. attorney McSwain said this case is "a law-abiding citizen’s nightmare: an illegal alien who has been previously deported comes back into the country illegally and commits appalling crimes."