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Illegal immigrant Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez was allegedly responsible for a July 12 car crash that killed Janace Ator and severely injured her husband Patrick, both of whom were in a different vehicle, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The Washington County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Department said in a news alert that Maldonado-Hernandez was the driver of a car “apparently racing at a high rate of speed” with another car when Maldonado-Hernandez’s car hit a third vehicle that had turned on to the road.

Maldonado-Hernandez was taken to a hospital with only minor injuries, ICE said. Authorities arrested him the same day on charges of second-degree felony manslaughter, third-degree felony assault, and misdemeanor reckless driving, the agency said, adding that he was booked into the Washington County jail.

ICE said its officers on July 16 made contact with Maldonado-Hernandez at the jail and lodged an immigration detainer, the agency said.

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Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law enforcement partners who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer form asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period of time so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon release from that agency’s custody. Yet, across the United States, several jurisdictions refuse to honor detainers and instead choose to willingly release criminal offenders back into their local communities where they are free to offend.

But ICE said the jail failed to honor the detainer and on Aug. 8 released Maldonado-Hernandez “back into the community he had previously victimized.” He posted bail, the sheriff’s department said.

Then on Aug. 27 investigators learned Maldonado-Hernandez fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution with the help of three people, the sheriff’s department noted, adding that Ernesto Garcia, 20, Alicia Scardina, 21, and Luis Maldonado-Hernandez, 28, were arrested the next day for hindering prosecution.

“The decision to rebuff immigration detainers and not to hold dangerous individuals until ICE arrives to pick them up is a costly one,” Nathalie Asher, Seattle field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, said in ICE’s report.

“There is nothing that should prevent local law enforcement officials from making a simple phone call to notify ICE that a criminal alien is being released. The decision to continue to cite misguided sanctuary laws that allow dangerous criminals back on the streets, and many times the opportunity to flee prosecution, is irresponsible and jeopardizes public safety.”

Asher added that it’s a “real slap in the face to the victims friends and family” and asked, “How many lives have to be lost before politicians are more concerned about public safety than their own political agendas?”

ICE said Maldonado-Hernandez remains an at-large criminal alien.

  • cathy says:

    He’ll be in a “LARGE hole” if he comes to OK or TX!
    We’re not putting up w/the liberal crap.
    He can go to Denver and poop on their sidewalks while he’s “at large”

  • Michael Groves says:

    My best friend was killed in a auto accident four years back in Arizona on Highway 66 by an illegal alien. He came to America in the 70’s from the Philippines as a child. He became an American. Learned to speak The language. Contributed to society. He lived The United States, but hated the Illegals. On his way to work one day an accident occurred in front of him. As the type of person he was. He stopped to go help the people in the car. He had stopped his motorcycle. Some illegal driving a stolen pickup truck hit my Best friend from behind killing him straight out, then drove away from the seen of the accident. The stolen pickup was found hours later abandoned. My friend left behind three children, and a wife. You can read about it on the net. Look up man killed on Rout 66 in Arizona. Over a thousand people showed up for the funeral. I hate our politicians with a passion that refuse to protect Americans that do love this country. Tar, and feathers are to good forvthem.

  • Grin-and-barrett says:

    The idiots in charge that allowed him to be set free should be arrested as well. Any crime committed by an illegal invader, especially while they are under the protection of a sanctuary city, should also be charged against the city officials who make the release, thereby the crime possible. After all, the getaway driver from the bank robbery is just as guilty as the person who holds the weapon and takes the cash.

  • Mickey says:

    Hope the family sues the crap out of the local community, state and the governor. This is negligence, I don’t care where this maggot came from.

  • Linda says:

    All involved in his release should be charged with Mrs. Ator’s murder. No exceptions.

  • CF