U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of a Jamaican national who has repeatedly been arrested and then released seven times by local law enforcement in New York City on charges that include grand larceny to reckless endangerment.
Andre Lloyd Campbell was arrested by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) on Feb. 14, after local law enforcement repeatedly ignored an active immigration detainer for the illegal alien.
"Campbell has repeatedly been arrested for local criminal charges, and even though ICE lodged a detainer more than half a dozen times, he was allowed back on to New York City streets to re-offend," Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ERO New York, said in a statement. "What more needs to be said about the way sanctuary city policies continue to shield criminal aliens? What is known is that even with immense public scrutiny, ICE continues to prioritize the safety of New York’s law-abiding residents. Clearly our priorities are in better order than the politicians who run this city."
Most recently, on Feb. 6, 2020, Campbell was arrested by the New York Police Department (NYPD) for the charge of Reckless Endangerment-1st Degree. ERO deportation officers lodged a detainer with the NYPD, but it was not honored and he was later released from custody. Previously, Campbell plead guilty Jan 8, 2020 to two counts of disorderly conduct, to satisfy the original arrests charges of grand larceny 4th: property taken from person, and grand larceny 4th: value property greater than $1,000.
On Feb. 14, 2020, ERO officers arrested Campbell in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings before a federal immigration judge.
New York City's sanctuary policies continue to protect criminal aliens and jeopardize public safety.
In January, New York City police arrested a 21-year-old illegal immigrant, Reeaz Khan, from Guyana, for the murder and sexual assault of Maria Fuertes, a 92-year-old grandmother living in Queens. ICE blamed NYC's sanctuary city policies for releasing the known criminal alien back into the community. The elderly Fuertes was found unconscious, her body partially exposed, lying behind a vehicle close to her home just after midnight on Jan. 6. Ms. Fuertes later died from her injuries.
President Trump invited the granddaughter of Maria Fuertes to speak at the White House before the National Border Patrol Council earlier this month. During her remarks, the granddaughter, Daria Ortiz, fought back tears as she described the avoidable tragedy that took her beloved grandmother away from her and her family.
"Unfortunately, my grandmother had to be the example of why something like this horrific crime should never happen," Ortiz said. "Our family's hope is that her death was not in vain and that preventative measures are put into place to ensure nothing like this ever happens to anyone again. The tragedy in all of this is the fact this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The tragedy is my grandmother is not ever going to be here again."
President Trump mentioned the horrific case while blasting dangerous sanctuary laws during his State of the Union address earlier this month.