A public interest group that pushes for tougher immigration
enforcement is outraged that federal agents delayed the arrest of
an illegal alien who was an intern for New Jersey Senator Robert
The Associated Press has
confirmed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
officials were instructed by Washington to delay the arrest of
18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta, Sen. Menendez's unpaid
illegal alien intern, for political reasons. Documents obtained by
AP confirm that ICE officials openly discussed the
political ramifications for the Democratic senator, who was up for
re-election last year.
ICE agents in New Jersey were prepared to arrest the illegal
immigrant on October 25,
but were ordered to delay the arrest until after the elections.
He was finally taken into custody December 6. He has since been
released from immigration jail and is facing deportation.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for
the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR), tells OneNewsNow more about
"In addition to being an illegal alien, this guy also had a
criminal history of sexual abuse of a minor," he notes. "This is
outrageous that they allowed somebody who is a known sexual
predator to remain on the streets just to not endanger any sort of
re-election chances for Senator Menendez, who was in no electoral
trouble at all."
"This shows the clear politicization of the whole immigration
issue, that they are prepared to endanger the public safety,
including the safety of children, in order to protect illegal
immigrants," Mehlman continues. "And somebody needs to answer for
He adds that FAIR is concerned about inconsistencies in
statements made by Menendez regarding this case. The organization
insists there are many questions the senator needs to answer.