SANCTUARY CITY CRIMINAL IGNORANCE
Vasquez, 45, is from Honduras. In 2015, he was given a ‘free pass’ by Philadelphia police who let him go free instead of handing him over to ICE. He went on to rape a child in 2016.
- Juan Ramon Vasquez, 45, was deported from the US in 2009 but came back
- In 2014, he was arrested in Philadelphia on domestic violence charges
- He was released from custody in 2015 but was not turned over to ICE to deport
- As a sanctuary city, Philadelphia police departments do not comply with ICE detainers
- In 2016, Vasquez was arrested again after raping a girl in the same city
- He was jailed last year for between eight to 20 years and is in a state prison
- This week, he pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the US after his 2009 deportation
- It is a felony charge which will add another two years to his sentence at most
- The Honduran immigrant may then be deported or freed again by Philadelphia
A previously deported illegal immigrant from Honduras who raped a little girl in Philadelphia after being let loose by police instead of being handed over to ICE has pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the US.
Juan Ramon Vasquez, also known as Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, was first deported from the US in 2009.
In 2014, he was arrested for domestic abuse and in 2015, was released from custody by the Philadelphia Police Department.
ICE requested to be notified when he was let go in order to deport him but because Philadelphia is a sanctuary city, the department did not comply with their request and Vasquez resumed his life as an illegal immigrant.
In 2016, he was arrested again on child rape charges. Last year, he was jailed on that charge for between eight and 20 years.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to reentering the country illegally after his 2009 deportation. The conviction will add a maximum of two years to his sentence.
Juan Ramon Vasquez is shown in his 2016 mugshot. He is currently serving between eight to 20 years in jail for raping a child after reentering the US illegally following his 2009 deportation
Vasquez is now serving his time at a Pennsylvania state federal prison.
Once he has completed his sentences, it will be up to Philadelphia officials whether to comply with ICE’s request for him to be handed over or if they will let him go again to rejoin society.
On Wednesday, the US Attorney William M McSwain condemned Philadelphia’s decision to let him go in 2015.
‘The facts of this case highlight the danger posed by the City of Philadelphia’s decision to disregard ICE detainers and release previously deported aliens from local custody.
‘Those of us in the law enforcement business should be doing everything in our power to protect vulnerable children from predators like Vasquez.
‘Instead, this defendant received a free pass from the City of Philadelphia and its Department of Prisons, headed straight back into our community, and committed a heinous crime he never would have had the chance to commit had the City of Philadelphia complied with the ICE detainer,’ he said.
His case became a staple argument in the debate over sanctuary cities and immigration after it made headlines last year.