WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Tom Homan, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, the man arrested in connection to the fire in Sonoma County Wine Country, is an illegal alien from Mexico.
In a public statement, Homan also confirmed that within the last year alone, ICE has already issued detainer requests for Gonzalez five times. However, Sonoma County is considered a sanctuary jurisdiction which means it does not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials, includes ICE detainer requests.
“ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” Homan wrote in the statement, which highlights the lack of cooperation from Sonoma County officials and the wildfires that have spread throughout the region:
Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes. ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property. This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region. Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases. Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions. The residents of Sonoma County, and the state of California, deserve better than policies that expose them to avoidable dangers. Non-cooperation policies – now enshrined in California state law – ensure only one thing: criminals who would otherwise be deported will be released and left free to reoffend as they please.
You see, this is exactly what signing a bill into law which makes California a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants will get you.
Gov. Jerry Brown, your state and our country deserve so much better than this.