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Denver – Putting Illegal Criminals Ahead of the Lives of its Own Citizens February 20, 2017

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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ever_valles_facebookOn January 30th, 2017 Denver’s Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock proudly proclaimed” “If being a sanctuary city means that we value taking care of one another, and welcoming refugees and immigrants, then I welcome the title,”8 days later, two known gang members (and illegal immigrants) who had been arrested…and released…by the Denver police killed a man.  On February 7th, 2017 Ever Valles (in Facebook pic to left..still up) and Nathan Valdez attempted to rob and ultimately murdered 32 year old Tim Cruz at a light rail station.  So why do I care?  According to reports: “Ever Andres Valles, 19, a citizen of Mexico, was encountered by ICE via the Criminal Alien Program following his arrest on local charges in October 2016,” According to ICE: “At the time of his arrest, ICE placed a detainer with the Denver County Jail. The detainer wasn’t honored, and he was released by the jail Dec. 20, 2016, without notification to ICE. Valles is a known gang member whose gang history is documented in the Colorado gang database. Due to his criminal history and gang affiliation, Valles is an ICE immigration enforcement priority.”  So what was the Denver Police Department’s response? They claim that they did, indeed notify ICE prior to releasing Valles.  Is this true?  Possibly, in a technical manner.  If  you look at the Fax (yes Fax) produced by the Denver PD as ‘proof’ of their efforts  you will notice that the Fax was sent at 11:35 PM on December, 20th, 2016.  According to ICE, Mr. Valles was released on December 20th, 2016.  So…the Denver PD FAXED a document to ICE 25 minutes before midnight to inform them that a dangerous felon was about to be put back on the streets.  In defense of their actions the Sheriff’s department did defiantly add: “We are part of the criminal justice system and do not hold people on civil matters,”…I am sure that helps Mr. Cruz’ family sleep better at night.  It is this ignorant, self serving attitude that ultimately cost the life of Mr. Cruz.  If you are so inclined, you can contact Mr. Hancock here:

https://twitter.com/MayorHancock

https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/contact-the-mayor.html

*for those wondering why I changed the title…in reflection it occurs to me that this does not occur in a vacuum.  The Mayor alone did not create this situation.  As such, it is Denver’ government and not solely the mayor…

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1. john Crouch - February 20, 2017

I am sorry to hear about Mr. Cruz and others that have had crimes committed against them. However, a couple of things to make this a little more fair and balanced.

1. Neither Valles or Valdez has had a trial for the death of Cruz and neither has been convicted of murder.
2. Valdez has not been reported to be in the country unlawfully.
3. We don’t know if ICE would have taken Valles into custody if they had been given more time.
4. The mayor did *not* say that he supported protecting criminal immigrants.
5. Being in the country unlawfully is a civil matter not a criminal one. This often gets confused with illegal entry which is a criminal matter.

This instance is reflection on the criminal justice system not on Valles alleged unlawful presence. This particular instance is not an immigration matter.

Chris Mark - February 20, 2017

We do know that ICE had put a hold on him for being a gang member. Do you really believe they would not have taken him into custody?

john Crouch - February 20, 2017

There are a lot of things that I don’t know and can only speculate on like:
1. Is it normal practice to send a fax as notification.
2. How much time transpires between posting bail and release? Is release held up if the ICE is involved?
3. How many times has the ICE put on a hold like this and do they have a 100% record of picking up the hold once notified?
4. Why the inaccurate ICE statement about not being notified?

Chris Mark - February 20, 2017

look. I get it. You are going to justify this irrespective of anything. My position is simple…1) this idiot had been arrested 2) ICE asked them to notify 3) they released and did the minimum (if anything) required to notify ICE and 4) this guy then killed an American. We ain’t splitting atoms here…pretty basic logic.


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