In February, Carlos Carranza, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, brutally murdered a 59-year-old woman in her home after stalking her for weeks. The homeless immigrant had been linked to various crimes and was a self-admitted gang member. ICE was aware of this individual and tried to have him deported months before the killing.
The resistance came from the state of California. California is a sanctuary state for immigrants and has faced backlash from the federal government for their protection of illegal immigrants. It was this policy that allowed Carranza to stab and beat Bambi Larson, a mother who lived in San Jose, to death.
On March 12th, he was arrested on unrelated drug charges. The DNA on his shirt was tested and linked him to the murder of Larson. He was also in possession of her cell phone and her Amazon Kindle.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement was well aware of Carranza’s presence. In fact, they tried to deport him months before he killed Larson. According to Fox News, it was the state’s immigration policy that blocked Carranza from being deported.
The day before he was to be deported, ICE’s request was denied. They received a stamped document that read: “NOT HONORED PER COUNTY POLICY.” This document, which was obtained by Fox News, has been authenticated by the Department of Homeland Security.
In 2013, Carranza was deported after he was discovered between the Texas-Mexico border. He somehow re-entered the country sometime later that year, DHS estimates. “At some point after, he was able to avoid removal by claiming a credible fear, was administered a credible fear exam, and screened positive. Thus, he was subsequently released and allowed to remain in the country,” an unnamed source who was familiar with the case told Fox News.
According to the Daily Mail, Carranza made his way up to California where he had a lengthy criminal history including kidnapping, burglary, and battery. ICE apparently knew how dangerous this man was as they tried to have him deported nine separate times.
ICE field director Erik Bonnar issued a deportation request for a tenth time following his latest arrest for murder. “How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens,” Bonnar said.
He added: “It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens. These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real, and often tragic consequences to public safety.”
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia tried to downplay the department’s role in the crime during a press conference Tuesday where he said his officers have been told not to ask immigrants about their status.
“We are here to protect and embrace our otherwise law-abiding, undocumented residents. We are not here nor should we be here to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status.”