Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez already was on ICE’s radar for announcing earlier this year that she’d defy federal immigration detainers filed at the jail – only under extreme circumstances.
She’s at it again this week. The U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accusing Hernandez’s office of releasing an inmate from the Travis County Jail without notifying them. The inmate, Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero, 33, is a violent gang member who had previously been deported four times. He has now been taken back into custody.
Hernandez strongly pushed back at ICE’s assertion, insisting that her office did alert ICE – multiple times. She also accused the immigration office of “overreacting” and making political judgments.
Texas sheriff releases violent Mexican gang member, calling ICE detainer request ‘politically based’ pic.twitter.com/2w8XrM7Zqj
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