Ever Valles, a 19 year old illegal migrant with a U.S criminal record and ties to gangs was released by Denver County Jail and went on to kill a man, Tim Cruz, in a robbery gone wrong. ICE officials has already notified Denver authorities that they wanted to pick up Valles on his release, but State officials failed to notify ICE in time.
As reported in the Youngcons:
“The detainer wasn’t honored,” ICE said Friday night in a statement. “He was released by the jail on Dec. 20, 2016, without notification to ICE.”
Denver jail officials said Friday they sent notification of Valles’ impending release by fax to the local ICE office at 11:33 p.m. Dec. 20 after Valles posted $5,000 bond earlier in the day. Valles was then released from jail at 11:59 p.m.
ICE officials, however, said they didn’t receive the fax until 12:37 a.m. on Dec. 21, an hour after jail officials said they sent the fax and 30 minutes after Valles walked free.
In what many are calling a national disgrace, Denver sought to stress that it was not in fact a Sanctuary City despite following Sanctuary City methods of not notifying ICE on criminal migrants. People in the area who knew victim Tim Cruz are also asking why illegal migrant criminals are being let free to commit more crimes.
“We’re not a sanctuary city,” Mayor Michael Hancock said. “We will value residents of this city. We won’t take any unlawful or unconstitutional acts against residents of the city of Denver, and it is our goal to make sure that people in this city feel safe and know that this is a city that is open, welcoming and inclusive.”
What about the constitutional rights of resident Tim Cruz?