Illegal Alien Rape Suspect Freed by Obama’s DHS, Stayed in U.S. Thanks to Sanctuary County
John Binder, Breitbart, May 22, 2023
Jose Roberto Hernandez Espinal, a 20-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, armed robbery, and kidnapping for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and a woman at a hiking trail in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Jon Feere, Director of Investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official in the Trump administration, reports that Espinal was released into the U.S. in 2013 by Obama’s DHS before carrying out an extensive violent crime record.
While Espinal was serving a sentence for an armed robbery involving second-degree assault, ICE agents asked Prince George’s County to turn the illegal alien over to them following his release so they could arrest and deport him from the U.S.
The county’s sanctuary policy, though, prevents local officials from honoring ICE’s request, so Espinal was subsequently released back into the community. Espinal was arrested in February, just months before the alleged rapes, but was again shielded by local sanctuary policy.