Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
October 17, 2019
It has been an interesting second full week in the month of October when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
This week we take a look at for your Pacific Northwest radio listeners another criminal illegal alien who allegedly participated in the murder of a man in King County, Washington.
But first some background information; earlier this year I requested from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs immigration enforcement stories.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya J. Roman sent via e-mail the following statement on Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega (ID: 219026090; DOB: August 18, 1999), age 20, a crime story with illegal immigration enforcement implications:
“Murder suspect Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega, is a citizen of El Salvador and in the United States illegally. On Sept. 25, 2016, then 17 year old Iraheta-Vega, presented himself at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry as an unaccompanied child.
On Sept. 28, 2016, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Iraheta-Vegas a notice to appear as an immigrant without documents.
On Sept. 30, 2016, CBP transferred Iraheta-Vega to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) placed him at the Southwest Key Casita Del Valle in Clint, Texas.
On Jan. 05, 2017, ORR released Iraheta-Vega on an order of recognizance (OREC) to reside with a family member and on Feb. 15, 2017, an immigration judge granted a change of venue to Seattle.
On Nov. 8, 2018, Kent Police Department arrested Iraheta-Vega on local charges. ICE encountered him the following day at the King County Jail and lodged a detainer. On Nov. 13, 2018, the jail released Iraheta-Vega without notifying ICE.
On Nov, 13, 2018, Iraheta-Vega was arrested by the Burien Police Department and booked into the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) in Des Moines, Washington for driving under the influence (DUI) and other local charges. On an unknown date, SCORE released Iraheta-Vega before ICE could encounter him.
On Aug. 24, 2019, Iraheta-Vega was again arrested by the Burien Police Department and booked into SCORE for DUI and other local charges. On an unknown date, SCORE again released Iraheta-Vega before ICE could encounter him.
On Oct. 8, 2019, Federal Way Police Department arrested and booked Iraheta-Vega into King County Jail for Homicide with a bail amount set at $2 million.
On Oct. 9, 2019, ICE lodged an ICE Detainer with King County Jail.
“This scenario, where sanctuary policies shield criminal aliens who prey on people in the community from immigration enforcement, is becoming all too common. As Iraheta-Vega’s crimes increased in severity, local officials chose to release him, time and time again, without notification to ICE, a simple process that could have potentially prevented this crime.”
“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety. It’s unfortunate that current local and state laws and policies tie the hands of local law enforcement agencies that want and need to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodges detainers on individuals who have been arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer 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. When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.”
– Tanya J. Roman, ICE Public Affairs Officer.
Some background information on what caused the generation of the original October 10th ICE Public Affairs’ statement on Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega.
King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Major Crimes Detectives on October 8, 2019 arrested Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega for his alleged role in the beating with a base ball bat and machete hacking death of Juan Carlos Con Guzma, age 16, whose partially dismembered body was found by police on September 10, 2019 in the Green River. Police believe the killing of Juan Carlos Con Guzma was orchestrated by local members of the Los Angeles / Central American gang MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha).
Since October 8th Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega has been incarcerated at the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in Seattle Washington:
Looking up the criminal charges against Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega on the Correctional Facility website reveals he has been charged with the crime of Murder 1. A King County Superior Court set Iraheta-Vega’s current bail now at $3,000,000.00.
Analysis of the ICE Public Affairs October 10, 2019 statement, clearly U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are doing the job that was tasked to them in identifying foreign national criminals illegally present in United States like Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega.
Unfortunately for state of Washington residents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to face a lack of cooperation in the enforcement of U.S. immigration law in King County and all across the state.
Ever since the Council of King County passed on November 10, 2009 Ordinance 16692, county law enforcement has been prohibited from enforcing federal immigration law.
The Metropolitan King County Council passed on September 3, 2014 Ordinance 17886 that prohibits honoring federal immigration detainers “for individuals in the custody of the department of adult and juvenile detention.”
On February 23, 2017 Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 17-01; the Governor’s executive order has restricted state employees and agencies from helping enforce federal immigration laws.
Since January 24, 2018 the U.S. Department of Justice has identified King County, Washington as possibly unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.
The Washington State Legislature this year passed sanctuary legislation, signed into law on May 21, 2019 by Governor Jay Inslee, prohibiting state, county and local law enforcement from inquiring about a person’s immigration status.
What does all the preceding information on the state of Washington local, county and state law enforcement not being able to cooperate with ICE in the enforcement of federal immigration law mean?
When on November 8, 2018 Kent Police Department (KPD) arrested Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega for the first time on local criminal charges and booked him into the King County Correctional Facility on “local charges” neither the KPD officers who arrested Iraheta-Vega nor the KCCF jail deputies were by county ordinance or Governor’s February 23, 2017 Executive Order able to notify ICE agents that local law enforcement had taken him into custody.
Even after ICE on November 9, 2018 encountered Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega at the KCCF and lodged an immigration detainer on him, jail deputies were not able let ICE agents know deputies had released Iraheta-Vega from the jail on November 13, 2018.
The deadly consequences of local, county and state law enforcement not being able to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would occur approximately 334 days later on October 9, 2019 when ICE would once again encounter and place an immigration detainer on Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega at King County Correctional Facility, only this time Salvadoran illegal alien would incarcerated at the KCCF for the crime of Murder.
Adding up the combined number of times Salvadoran illegal alien Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega was arrested by the Kent Police Department (KPD), once, and the Burien Police Department (BPD), twice, between the dates of November 8, 2018 and August 24, 2019 equates to him being arrested by local enforcement three times in 289 days — neither of the two police departments arresting Iraheta-Vega is on record of having contacted ICE.
Summing up the number of times illegal alien Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega was incarcerated at the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF), once, and the South Correctional Entity (SCORE), twice, between the dates of November 8, 2018 and August 24, 2019 equates to three times in 289 days — neither of the two King County jails notified ICE when Iraheta-Vega was released from jail.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Public Affairs Officer Tanya J. Roman’s statement on the immigration status of Salvadoran illegal alien Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega should be a real world reality check for King County elected officials, Washington State Legislature members and Washington Governor Jay Inslee; Washington local and county and state law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with ICE in the enforcement of federal immigration law, honoring immigration detainers, could have prevented the Central American gang-banger’s crime rampage that allegedly included the September 10, 2019 brutally violent murder of teenager Juan Carlos Con Guzma.
Lars, the second full week in the month of October and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 Pacific Northwest radio listeners.