Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

November 7, 2019

Lars:

It has been an interesting first full week in the month of November 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 a criminal illegal alien felony child molester who was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who has a past criminal history in the state of Washington.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Public Affairs October 21, 2019 news release titled “Border Patrol Apprehends Two Men Charged with Sex Crimes over the Weekend” U.S. Border Patrol Agents operating in the El Centro Sector arrested on Saturday, October 19, 2019 Mexican national Juan Ramon Avila-Leon, age 49, for illegal entry into the United States.

Border Patrol Agents doing the processing of Juan Ramon Avila-Leon (ID: 410635; DOB: unknown), during records checks, discovered Avila-Leon was convicted on October 18, 2018 for Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes in the state of Washington. Avila-Leon was incarcerated for 364 days for the criminal conviction.

The CBP news release indicated Juan Ramon Avila-Leon was previously removed the country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on September 5, 2019.

Seeking additional information on the immigration status Juan Ramon Avila-Leon, I contacted via e-mail on Monday, November 4, 2019 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tanta J. Roman with the following questions:

Did ICE placed an immigration detainer on Juan Ramon Avila-Leon during any time he might have been incarcerated at the Mason County Jail or in the Washington Department of Corrections prison system?

How many times has ICE actually removed Juan Ramon Avila-Leon from the U.S.?

If Juan Ramon Avila-Leon was removed more than once from the U.S., what were the dates and places Avila-Leon was removed from the country?

Has Juan Ramon Avila-Leon ever previously served time in a federal prison for an immigration crime or violation?

On Wednesday, November 6th, ICE Public Affairs Officer Roman sent via e-mail the following response to my preceding questions on Juan Ramon Avila-Leon:

“Convicted child molester, Juan Ramon Avila-Leon is a citizen of Mexico and in the United States illegally.

On July 18, 2018, Avila-Leon was encountered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Pierce County Jail where he was being held on charges of three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes and child molestation in the first degree. After an immigration interview, ICE determined he was a citizen of Mexico and lodged a detainer with the jail.

On Aug. 12, 2018, Avila-Leon was convicted of child molestation-2 in the Pierce County Superior Court and sentenced to a total term of 20 months in prison. Avila-Leon was additionally convicted of three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes and sentenced to 364 days in jail for each count. Avila-Leon was transferred to the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) in Shelton, Washington, to serve his sentence. ICE encountered Avila-Leon at the Washington State DOC and lodged a detainer with the jail.

On July 23, 2019, Avila-Leon was released from Shelton Corrections Center and turned over to ICE custody where he was processed and served a notice to appear.

On Sept. 5, 2019, Avila-Leon was ordered removed by an immigration judge in Tacoma, Washington.

On Sept. 10, 2019, he was removed to Mexico.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, on Oct. 19, 2019 Avila-Leon was arrested by Border Patrol agents approximately seven miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry, trying to enter the U.S. illegally, without inspection.

“The fact that this individual was apprehended before he could illegally re-enter the country demonstrates the effectiveness of the country’s comprehensive efforts to combat illegal immigration,” said ICE Spokesperson Tanya Roman.

“This is a prime example of why state and local cooperation with federal immigration authorities is so important,” said Nathalie Asher, Seattle Field Office Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal (ERO). I’ve said this over and over, partnerships between local law enforcement and ICE is an indispensable component of promoting public safety. When ICE is notified prior to dangerous individuals being released, we are able to remove them from the communities they’ve victimized, providing justice and closure for their victims.”

ON BACKGROUND:

About Detainers

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.

Congress has established no process, requirement, or expectation directing ICE to seek a judicial warrant from already overburdened federal courts before taking custody of an alien on civil immigration violations. This idea is simply a figment created by those who wish to undermine immigration enforcement and excuse the ill-conceived practices of sanctuary jurisdictions that put politics before public safety.

Sanctuary Policies Put Public Safety at Risk

• When law enforcement agencies don’t honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat. When ICE Fugitive Operations officers have to go out into the community to proactively locate these criminal aliens, it can create additional risks to our personnel and to public safety.

• Any local jurisdiction thinking that refusing to cooperate with ICE will result in a decrease in local immigration enforcement is mistaken. Local jurisdictions that choose to not cooperate with ICE are likely to see an increase in ICE enforcement activity, as ICE has no choice but to conduct more at-large arrest operations. A consequence of ICE being forced to make more arrests on the streets is the agency is likely to encounter other unlawfully present foreign nationals that wouldn’t have been encountered had we been allowed to take custody of a criminal target within the confines of a local jail.

• Additionally, once these criminals are out on the street, confirming their whereabouts is often time consuming and resource intensive. Many of our arrest targets are seasoned criminals who are savvy about eluding law enforcement.

Despite the severe challenges that local policies have created for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators. ICE seeks straightforward cooperation with all local law enforcement and elected officials. ICE deportation officers carry out targeted enforcement actions every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls. – ICE Public Affairs.

The preceding story of CBP Agents arresting previously deported sex offender Juan Ramon Avila-Leon for illegal reentry into the U.S., the back story of ICE Officers removing Avila-Leon from the U.S. with the cooperation of the state of Washington DOC officials turning him over to the immigration enforcement agency, is an excellent example of how federal and state law enforcement can work together to protect the public safety of the citizens and residents of this country.

Mexican national criminal illegal alien felony child molester Juan Ramon Avila-Leon is an example of the thousands of previously deported aliens that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents apprehend annually who try to illegally reenter the U.S.

Lars, first full week in the month of November and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 Pacific Northwest radio listeners.

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