One down, God only knows how many more to go.
In a press release issued this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced they’d removed a convicted child molester living in the U.S. illegally – for the third time.
Victor Argueta-Linares, a 46-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was deported once again on April 6 after being arrested in October in King County, Washington.
And it’s hardly this guy’s first run-in with the law – in fact, his problems date back more than 20 years. In 1997, Argueta-Linares was convicted of both lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and sex offenses against a child, a crime that led to his first deportation. He then reentered the country illegally on at least two occasions. It’s not immediately clear how long he’d been in the country this time before being arrested and deported yet again.
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And it’s no thanks to King County, either. According to ICE, local authorities in the left-leaning state of Washington declined to honor an immigration detainer lodged against Argueta-Linares despite his dangerous criminal history and repeated violations of U.S. immigration law. After being released from jail, he was finally picked up by ICE during a targeted enforcement operation – a process far more costly to the American taxpayer than if King County had simply handed him over at the door to the local jail.
He was then transported on a chartered flight – again, courtesy of the taxpayers – and handed over to El Salvadoran authorities.
We’ll now be taking bets on how long until he’s back in the U.S. thanks to President Joe Biden’s open-borders policies.
ICE regularly apprehends dangerous illegal alien criminals who’ve been convicted of a slew of crimes in the U.S., including violent offenses and sex crimes against children. In December, immigration officials deported an illegal alien living in Washington State who’d been convicted of child molestation and soliciting a minor. In March, border agents apprehended a 40-year-old Mexican man illegally crossing the border who’d been convicted in 2010 in Stockton, California for “Lewd Acts Upon Child 14 years old or younger,” for which he’d already been deported.