Santa Rosa, Calif. — An illegal alien murdered his girlfriend Friday morning, merely two weeks after being released from custody, despite having had his immigration status flagged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Nery Israel Estrada-Margos, 38, after allegedly beating his girlfriend to death during an intense argument, turned himself into local police on Friday morning. When officers from Santa Rosa police entered the Russell Avenue apartment where Estrada-Margos lived, they discovered the body of deceased 42-year-old Veronica Cabrera Ramirez. Estrada-Margos has been booked into the Sonoma County Jail.
Estrada-Margos had been previously been arrested on Aug. 2 on felony domestic battery charges after an incident that occurred on July 31.
Due to his immigration status, officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had asked to be notified when Estrada-Margos was released from custody after his $30,000 bail was met.
The Sheriff’s Office claims to have notified ICE the day of his release; however, federal agents never picked him up.
A sheriff’s spokesman, Sgt. Spencer Crum indicates that Estrada-Margos had no prior convictions and, under the CTA, law enforcement officials had no obligation to notify ICE about his release. The California Trust Act or CTA is designed to “limit cruel and costly immigration ‘hold’ requests in local jails and federal immigration officials will only be informed of a release if the person has been convicted of a felony.”
Under legislation passed earlier this year, California law enforcement agencies are prohibited from helping federal immigration enforcements, qualifying the city as a ‘sanctuary state.’ This bill was approved as a defiance of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor Santa Rosa police collects information on immigration status of those arrested and booked into jail. They do, however, ask for the place of birth on their pre-booking forms. Estrada-Margos’ country of origin is not being disclosed at this time.
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