Contributed by Jill Cueni-Cohen
One day after a new Texas sheriff declared her jurisdiction a sanctuary county, a previously deported illegal alien landed in jail for rape.
On Jan. 16, a woman in Texas was sexually assaulted in a car by Juan Lopez, 46, a previously convicted felon who was released from jail and deported to Mexico in 2009.
Lopez had been convicted of homicide in Travis County, Texas, in 1987. Police do not know when he returned to the U.S., however, Travis County has been a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.
According to Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which arrested Lopez, the victim said she had known Lopez for a year. She said he offered to let her borrow his car while he was out of town if she would drop him off at an unknown location. Instead, Lopez held the woman at knifepoint and told her to drive to a cul-de-sac and park. He then told her that if she didn’t have sex with him, he would kill her. She said “No, my son is in the car,” to which Lopez responded, “I don’t give a damn.”
After sexually assaulting her, police reported that the woman told them Lopez later texted her an apology for “violating” her.
Lopez was arrested on Thursday and is currently in custody, charged with two first-degree felonies for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.
Lopez had an identification card from the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute under a different name at the time he was apprehended by police.
Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently cut state law enforcement grants to Travis County after Sheriff Sally Hernandez instituted new sanctuary policies that went into effect on Feb. 1.
In a Travis County Sheriff’s Office video, Hernandez said her department would no longer accommodate requests from Immigration Customs Enforcement to identify or detain undocumented immigrants. She further stated that police would only detain those charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault, or human smuggling.
Gov. Abbott promised to cancel $1.8 million in criminal justice grants from his office to Travis County because of the sheriff’s policy. Earlier this week, Gov. Abbott declared the issue of sanctuary cities as an emergency item, which Texas legislature will address this session.
Acknowledging the sheriff and others like her, the governor said this during his State of the State Address: “Some law enforcement officials in Texas are openly refusing to enforce existing law, that is unacceptable.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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