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By Sarah May on
 June 29, 2023

Illegal immigrant protected by sanctuary policy accused of attempting kidnapping in VA

The same kind of open borders policy championed by President Joe Biden from day one of his administration has once again yielded horrific results, as earlier this month, an illegal immigrant with a history of criminal conduct allegedly attempted to kidnap a young child who was asleep in her own Annandale, Virginia home, as Arlington ABC affiliate WJLA reports.

According to the outlet, the June 15 incident led to the arrest of 24-year-old Hyrum Baquedano Rodriguez, a native of Honduras.

At roughly 4 a.m. on the morning in question, police were summoned to an apartment building on Little River Turnpike, where a woman explained that she woke to the sound of her window blinds rattling before hearing her daughter crying.

Upon seeing her four-year-old child lying on the floor and noticing that the living room window had been opened, the mother learned that someone had come into the residence and attempted to abduct the little girl.

Though an immediate search of the area did not produce a suspect, fingerprints taken from the scene facilitated police identification of Rodriguez as the individual they were seeking, and the man was apprehended and taken into custody the following day.

The arrest was by no means Rodriguez's first brush with the law, as he has had numerous encounters with police since his first engagement with U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona back in 2018.

A spokesperson from Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Fox5 in Washington that the Rodriguez was issued a Notice to Appear a few days later and that in October of 2018, an immigration judge granted him a $15,000 bond, which he was able to meet.

Eventually, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations placed immigration detainers on the Honduran man with the Fairfax County (VA) Adult Detention Center on four separate occasions, but authorities there ignored those requests and released Rodriguez each time they encountered him.

As the ICE spokesperson explained, the agency “lodges immigration detainers against non-citizens who have been arrested for criminal activity nd taken into custody by state or local law enforcement. An immigration detainer is a request from ICE to state or local law enforcement agencies to notify ICE as early as possible before a removable noncitizen is released from their custody.”

However, in keeping with the lax – or nonexistent – immigration enforcement approach favored by Democrats in recent years, Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid terminated her jurisdiction's Intergovernmental Service Agreement with ICE back in 2018, arguably setting the stage for someone like Rodriguez to be roaming free to continue his criminal activity.

As a result of Kincaid's decision, Fairfax essentially became a sanctuary county and resolved to no longer “honor any requests to detain individuals subject to an administrative detention request unless there is a corresponding lawfully issued criminal detainer.”

While the Biden administration does not seem to give a second thought to the risks posed by indiscriminately ignoring ICE detainers and setting criminals – who are already here illegally – loose on the street to offend again, the consequences of such a policy are very real to the mother of the attempted kidnapping target.

“I'm traumatized, to be quite honest with you. She is four years old,” the frightened parent explained.

The concerned mother continued, “It's not that she's not comfortable, but you can tell there are signs of trauma that's left behind form this, and I'm going to have to get her some type of counseling, as well as myself,” and in this instance, sadly, the damage to this innocent preschooler was entirely avoidable.

Written By:
Sarah May

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