An illegal alien has been arrested in the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman in New York City. The suspect had been detained by the NYPD but was released prior to the crime despite an ICE detainer.

The NYPD disputes that it received the detainer from ICE, but DHS is adamant that they did receive the detainer and chose to release the illegal alien due to New York City’s sanctuary policies. The NYPD denials resulted in ICE releasing publicly the faxed confirmation that the detainer had been received.

Fox News reports:

Federal immigration authorities on Monday issued a detainer for an illegal immigrant who is in NYPD custody for the alleged sexual assault and murder of a 92-year-old woman in Queens last week.

Reeaz Khan, 21, a Guyanese national who is in the country illegally, is accused of violently attacking and raping a woman named Maria Fuertes as she was walking home near Liberty Avenue and 127th Street around midnight on Jan. 6.

Fuertes lay half-dressed in 32-degree weather for two hours before she was found, conscious but “incoherent,” at around 2 a.m., according to a criminal complaint. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators gathered surveillance footage to identity Khan as a possible suspect in the brutal attack. He was arrested Thursday night and confessed to the murder, The New York Post reported.

He appeared in court Friday where a prosecutor said Khan had told detectives that, “He fell down, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his penis fell near [the victim’s] vagina.”

According to an ICE press release, Khan was previously arrested in November on assault and weapons charges. ICE had issued a detainer for him then, but Khan was released from custody because of New York City’s sanctuary policies.

The outrage over this incident is intense, with NYC’s sanctuary policies coming under fire.

In a separate article, Fox News reports:

But the case has renewed scrutiny on New York City’s policy of being a “sanctuary” jurisdiction — meaning it does not comply with detainers issued by federal immigration authorities unless they are convicted for one of a number of serious or violent crimes. Those detainers are requests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be alerted when an illegal immigrant is about to be released from custody so that they can be transferred to ICE custody and go through deportation proceedings.

ICE announced this week that they had issued a federal immigration detainer on Khan in November when he was previously arrested on assault and weapons charges. The NYPD ignored the detainer and Khan was released.

Thomas Decker, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), said in a statement that the sanctuary policy was “dangerously flawed” and accused New York politicians of caring more about criminal illegal immigrants than their own people.

“New York City’s sanctuary policies continue to threaten the safety of all residents of the five boroughs, as they repeatedly protect criminal aliens who show little regard for the laws of this nation,” he said. “In New York City alone, hundreds of arrestees are released each month with pending charges and/or convictions to return back into the communities where they committed their crimes, instead of being transferred into the custody of ICE.”

“Clearly the politicians care more about criminal illegal aliens than the citizens they are elected to serve and protect,” he said.

The NYPD has egg on its face after initially denying receipt of the detainer.

Fox News continues:

The NYPD initially told the Post that it “did not receive an ICE detainer” regarding Khan — leading ICE to take the extraordinary step of posting the fax confirmation sheet proving that the request was made.

“It is the height of hypocrisy for NYC to blame ICE for this tragic crime. The mayor & police chief have continually celebrated that they don’t honor ICE detainers, & to deflect the criticism for this completely preventable murder is incredibly disingenuous & shameful,” Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said.

NYC mayor and failed presidential candidate Bill de Blasio defended the city’s sanctuary policy and blamed the Trump administration for fear-mongering over the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman by an illegal alien.

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