Sanctuary City Laws in New York City Under Fire after Murder of 92-Year-Old Woman

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New York City has politicized immigration and now it is paying the price.

The city and its mayor are now coming under fire for the city’s sanctuary city laws after an illegal immigrant that had been let go rather than being turned over to ICE killed a 92-year-old woman.

Deadly Attack

The attack reportedly happened in the early morning hours of January 6.

Maria Fuertes, 92, was apparently walking home when she was attacked by Reeaz Khan, an illegal immigrant from Guyana.

Fuertes was found “incoherent” on the street around 2 a.m., was then taken to a local hospital, where she would later succumb to her injuries and die.

When Khan was arrested for the assault and murder, he told police that he “fell down, his belt broke, his pants fell down, and his penis fell near her vagina.”

We will file that story for an episode of “That’s Amazing!”

ICE Detainer Ignored

The problem for New York City and Mayor de Blasio is two-fold here.

First, there is the fact illegal immigrants are clearly not making New York a safer place to live.

Second, because New York City is a sanctuary city, the ICE detainer that was put on Khan was not honored by local authorities.

Khan had previously been arrested on assault and weapons charges, but the NYPD ignored the detainer and allowed Khan to go free.

Field Office Director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Thomas Decker stated, “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.

“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.”

The NYPD pushed back stating it never got the detainer, so ICE was more than happy to post a copy of the detainer it had faxed to the NYPD on Khan…

Even with the death of this woman, however, de Blasio continues to defend his policy, claiming it makes the city safer than ever…

DHS Responded to his tweet in-kind…

This is yet another death that could have been prevented simply by following policy.

Had Khan been deported, Ms. Fuertes would still be alive today.

No snarky comment from the failed presidential candidate and New York City mayor will change that fact.


  1. It is far past time that these people that allow these criminals to go free should be charged with federal immigration law violation and be charged as a party to this murder So De Blasio needs to be arrested along with the Da who allowed this killer to be loose on the streets of New York It is time we start to hold these politicians accountable for the crimes that they allow in these so called sanctuary areas I believe they should be put on trial as accessory to murder


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