U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan said that a 29 year old man arrested last weekend connection with a Sonoma County, CA fire is an illegal alien from Mexico who had been deported twice.
Homan also wrote that the suspect, Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, had detainer requests issued five times in the past 12 months, including the most recent one on Oct. 16 in relation to the arson investigation. All of the detainer requests were issued by Sonoma County for various felony and misdemeanor charges.
Sonoma County is considered a sanctuary jurisdiction and does not honor ICE detainer requests. “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” wrote Homan.
Of note, there have been several fires throughout the Northern California wine country – however Gonzales was arrested last weekend for “starting a small fire in California’s scorched wine country,” not as a suspect in the overall disaster.
Two days ago, Sonoma County sheriff forcefully shot down allegations that Gonzales was involved in the deadly fires which have killed 43 and left dozens still unaccounted for.
Gonzales was arrested at Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma on Sunday afternoon after he was seen leaving a creek bed with a plume of smoke rising behind him, Giordano said.
“There is a story out there that he’s the arsonist in these fires,” said Giordano, adding “That’s not the case. There’s no indication he’s related to these fires at all. … I wanted to kill that speculation right now, so we didn’t have things running too far out of control.”
ICE Director Homan’s entire statement is below (emphasis mine):
Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes. ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property. This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region.
Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases. Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions. The residents of Sonoma County, and the state of California, deserve better than policies that expose them to avoidable dangers. Non-cooperation policies – now enshrined in California state law – ensure only one thing: criminals who would otherwise be deported will be released and left free to reoffend as they please.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter