The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued the following press release announcing that it has issued a detainer to the Philadelphia Police Department and notified the City that it is seeking the removal of Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, age 45, wanted for sexual assault against a minor aged less that 13.

Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, 45, is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, indecent assault on person less than 13, indecent exposure, and simple assault.

Federal authorities were alerted about Aguirre-Ochoa’s most recent arrest through the Priority Enforcement Program after his fingerprints were matched against a set currently in the database. According to Department of Homeland (DHS) security databases, Aguirre-Ochoa was previously deported from the United States in May 2009, before illegally re-entering at a later date.

As a prior deportee, Aguirre-Ochoa was slated to have his removal order reinstated and be removed in 2015 after local criminal charges stemming from March 2014, against him were dismissed. At that time, Aguirre-Ochoa was released from local custody when Philadelphia authorities failed to honor an ICE detainer. He remained at large until his most recent arrest. ICE has filed another detainer with Philadelphia authorities, requesting he be safely transferred to ICE custody after the current local charges are resolved, to include any potential convictions and subsequent prison term.

Under Mayor Kenney’s sanctuary city policy, the City of Philadelphia actively refuses requests by ICE to notify them when it intends to release prisoners from CFCF or to hold them for 48-hours pre-release until agents from ICE arrive to take them into custody.   Immigration activists believe that if ICE detainers are honored then undocumented nationals will not cooperate with authorities in investigations.

Unfortunately this also has the same effect of giving safe habor to bad individuals living amongst those undocumented nationals, such as a felonious sex offender.  The Obama Administration created the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) to focus solely on the most serious offenders such as Mr. Aguirre-Ochoa.  Some sanctuary city policies will only honor detainers for the most serious offenders.  Under Kenney’s policy, all detainer requests from ICE are refused.

Aguirre-Ochoa is presently being held in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on $500,000 bail.


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