Politics more important than public safety?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

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 Menendez (D).

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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.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), tells OneNewsNow more about Sanchez.

"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 this."

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.

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