State Protects Illegal Immigrant Who Is Charged With Raping A Child

Illegal immigrant, Benito Morales Mendez, has been charged with raping a child and violating a protection order that was issued against him in North Carolina. Mendez was brought back to the state for prosecution after he tried to flee to Texas. He was illegally living in the United States when there was complaint filed agains him, accusing him of sexually assaulting a child.

There was an investigation and police collected several pieces of evidence against Mendez, including multiple electronic devices. It was reported by police that Mendez also violated a preciously established domestic violence protective order even before the warrant was issued against him.

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Mendez attempted to evade the arrest and fled to Texas. His plans of escape were cut short thanks to the joint efforts of local law enforcement, the United States Marshals Service, and the Department of Homeland Security.

It took a few months, but police were able to apprehend Mendez and take him back to North Carolina where he is awaiting trial.

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Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer spoke about the joint effort by governmental agencies saying:

“As you can see it takes a team effort and one of the reasons we work so closely with our local and Federal partners. Due to the age of the victim we will not be making any further press releases.”

At this time the illegal alien now face multiple charges that include statutory rape of a child.

There is still a chance that Mendez could flee for a second time. North Carolina has refused to honor detainers on illegal immigrants due to their multiple sanctuary jurisdictions.

Mendez’s bail is set at $500,000 and a detainer has been placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure he does not flee again. The detainer, which has no set bond, allows ICE to assume custody of Mendez for deportation should he post bail.

“Across North Carolina, local authorities refused to honor more than 500 detainers for foreign nationals during Fiscal Year 2019. All of these detainer refusals are of persons criminally arrested by a law enforcement agency for a criminal offense beyond their violation of federal immigration law.”

North Carolina’s refusal to cooperate with ICE creates a threat to the safety of North Carolina residents. It is especially so in a case like this given the statistics on illegal immigrants that are released after committing crime.

ICE official, Robbins says:

“When aliens walk out the front of the jail that could have been handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings, they have the opportunity to commit additional crimes. What we’ve seen, and depending on the report you look at, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of those who have committed crimes will re-offend.”

At the current time Mendez is behind bars, however the possibility of him getting away with his alleged crimes is still present.

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