NEWARK, N.J. – Phil Murphy’s Sanctuary State has claimed three more victims and put many more at risk.
This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) reported arresting an illegal alien accused of critically injuring a grandmother and killing one of two grandkids who were with her.
The Mexican national — Jorge Rodriguez-Saldana, age 30 — was arrested by Egg Harbor City (Atlantic County) police following the July 11, 2019 accident and charged with causing a death while driving without a license.
Governor Murphy’s Sanctuary State policy which took effect this spring factors into the tragedy.
The suspect had been released by police after the accident, and ICE says Atlantic County failed to notify federal immigration authorities of the situation (pursuant to the Murphy Administration’s directive).
Rodriguez-Saldana was later arrested in Horsham, Pennsylvania for immigration violations.
The dead grandchild was only 7-years old.
“Unfortunately this is another example that makes apparent the significant public safety concerns the NJ AG Directive limiting cooperation with ICE poses,” said ICE-ERO Newark field office director John Tsoukaris. “Had it not been for the persistent, courageous and diligent efforts of ICE-ERO to track him down, this individual might have fled. We will continue to make public safety our highest priority despite dangerous state policies.”