According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mexican nationals were each taken into custody for separate incidents on charges they sexually assaulted a minors.
Despite requests that the men be held in jail until officers from ICE could pick them up, local law enforcement in both states released the suspects back into the public.
ICE says the first man — Luciano Trejo-Dominguez – was arrested by Vineland, New Jersey police for allegedly restraining and sexually assaulting a child younger than 16 on Aug. 12.
Over the next two days, ICE and Pacific Enforcement Response Center both filed detainers to have Trejo-Dominguez held at the Cumberland County Jail. Those requests were denied and the alleged rapist was released on Aug. 23.
Trejo-Dominguez has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault of a victim 13-15 years-old, criminal restraint, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.
The other man – Joaquin Rodriguez Quiroz – was arrested by police in New York’s Westchester County on 3rd-degree rape charges on Sept. 6.
Quiroz allegedly raped a minor under 17 years-old, which is a class-E felony in New York.
ICE again lodged a detainer request with the Westchester County Jail on Sept. 7, but the Mexican national was released after posting bond.
According to New Jersey’s attorney general, the state's Immigrant Trust Directive issued last year limits law enforcement’s cooperation with ICE. The New York Police Department additionally denied all federal requests to detain immigrants accused of crimes over a one-year period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, as a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio drastically limiting cooperation with ICE under “sanctuary city” policies.
ICE has classified both men as fugitives.