Pro-criminal alien policies and general jailbreak, aka weak-on-crime policies, are converging in America’s major cities to create the greatest public safety threat of our time. Big city governments are refusing to turn illegal aliens over to federal immigration authorities, even with child sex charges or convictions. Likewise, many violent criminals – American or alien – are being released on low bond pretrial, and many barely serve time even after being convicted. The latest example is the case of Grachowe Harrichand in New York City.
On March 6, 2019, Harrichand was arrested by the NYPD and booked on multiple charges of sexual assault against a minor, acting in manner to injure a child less than 17 years old, and aggravated harassment. Harrichand happened to also be an illegal alien from Guyana who was previously ordered deported, according to ICE. “On June 3, Harrichand pleaded guilty to Act In Manner Injure Child, and was sentenced to six months in custody,” wrote ICE in a press release. “The detainer was not honored and Harrichand was released from the custody of the New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC).”
This is a classic example of how even the worst criminals barely serve any time, and prosecutors are forced to take plea agreements. This would be bad enough if it were only the many American violent criminals who are let out of prison after serving just a few months behind bars. But given that Harrichand is an illegal alien – with a previous order of deportation no less – he should have been turned over to ICE for removal so at least there is one less child molester on the streets of New York.
Well, given the recidivist nature of child sex offenders, it’s no surprise that Harrichand was arrested by the NYPD just days later on July 5 on new charges of sexually assaulting a minor. At this point, you probably expect that even a sanctuary city would either finally lock up this repeat violent offender on a steep pretrial bond or, at the very least, would honor an ICE detainer. Tragically, there is no floor to the moral depravity of both pro-criminal alien and pro-criminal policies in general. Harrichand was later released pending the trial without any notification to ICE, much less a fulfillment of the detainer request. Harrichand was once again released on the streets.
It wasn’t until October 9 that ICE deportation officers arrested him in South Richmond Hill, New York. Imagine if we didn’t have ICE going after criminal aliens. Even the worst repeat child sex offenders would still be on the streets, and indeed, some of them are still at large.
This case demonstrates that liberal cities are so in the tank for illegal aliens that they will shield even the worst criminal aliens – even child molesters – from ICE. Additionally, the sanctuary policies are aggravated by jailbreak policies where the local officials don’t even hold them pretrial and often release them shortly after the trial, either because of plea deals or weak sentencing.
While general criminal justice policies are more of a local issue, it is shocking that Republicans in Congress don’t aggressively target the jailbreak trend in political campaigns rather than joining with it. It’s further shocking how they barely hit Democrats on sanctuary cities. It wasn’t until this week that the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Sen. Lindsey Graham, finally held a hearing on sanctuary cities. But amidst the rush from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to vote on a resolution to remain the guardian of Syria, there seems to be no similar urgency to turn this hearing on sanctuaries into legislative action.
GOP senators should be forcing Democrats to take one tough vote after another on sanctuaries, from defunding them to creating a private cause of action for citizens to sue sanctuaries. In addition, the Harrichand case is another example of why it’s time enforce the fees levied upon those who fail to depart with a final deportation order (8 U.S. Code 1324(d)) and give those funds to American victims of illegal aliens. Harrichand should be hit with a steep fine for not departing the country. To the credit of the Trump administration, it has finally begun enforcing these fines. Now a member of Congress should pass a law setting aside the funds for the victims.
Few people on the Right recognize the dangerous mix of jailbreak and sanctuary policies in America’s major cities. It would be one thing if localities protected illegal aliens from federal removal proceedings but still locked up those who are a danger to communities – American or illegal alien – in local jails and prisons. At least if they are not given over to ICE for deportation, they’d be held pretrial in jail and eventually sentenced to serious time. But with the same sanctuary cities also essentially joining the “abolish prison” movement and releasing the worst criminals so quickly, ICE is having trouble keeping up with the flow of criminal aliens released from local jails every hour in some of the major cities.
If we are going to abolish the concept of incarceration, we should at least stop inviting criminals from other countries to come here and participate in the jailbreak. (For more from the author of “Jailbreak + Sanctuaries = Disaster: City Releases Illegal Alien Child Molester Repeatedly” please click HERE)