Federal immigration officials have arrested an illegal immigrant who is a member of the MS-13 gang after New York City officials released the man despite orders to hold him in detention.
Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez is a “self-admitted” member of the MS-13 criminal syndicate, but was released by New York police on February 16 after serving time for disorderly conduct.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a news release that the agency had sent a detainer asking that local authorities hold Marques Velasquez until he could be properly turned over for deportation.
New York City officials released Marques Velasquez nonetheless, but ICE arrested and detained the gang member shortly after in Queens.
“This man is by his own admission a member of a violent street gang and he was released back into the community,” New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker said in a statement. full story