Dow would not answer questions about how Carranza was released on bail despite his illegal immigration status and charges earlier this year that he raped a 5-year-old, then threatened the child's parents.
Carranza was indicted by grand juries in New Jersey twice this year — in April on aggravated assault and weapons charges; and in July on 31 counts which included aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years old and endangering the welfare of a child he had a duty to supervise.
He was released on $50,000 bail on the assault case, which stemmed from a barroom fight, and $150,000 bail on the sexual assault indictment, which charged that the abuse began in 2003 when the girl was 4 years old and continued to this year.
The assistant prosecutor handling the murder case, Thomas McTigue, said, "Our focus hasn't been his immigration status."
Prosecutors said they did not immediately recall if Carranza's immigration status was known when he was granted bail on the two indictments, and whether they opposed granting bail.
It is rare for illegal immigrants to be granted bail, especially when charged with serious crimes, said Alan L. Zegas, a noted New Jersey defense lawyer.
"The level of risk of flight increases exponentially when a person is not a citizen of this country and has few, if any, roots here," Zegas said. - Fox News
"Our focus hasn't been his immigration status." - Thomas McTigue, Assistant prosecutor, Newark, NJ
Today, Newark is a sanctuary city where, if illegal immigrants are arrested, they are safe in the knowledge that federal authorities will not be notified. This enables illegal immigrants to live in Newark with the assurance that Newark will essentially protect them while they violate federal law.
In the year 2006, Newark topped its record of homicides at 106. With three times the number of homicides per capita as New York, Newark remains as one of the most violent cities in the country. The city is on pace to match or break its homicide record again in 2007. - Wikipedia
Sanctuary city policies defy guidelines from the 9/11 Commission Report, which called on state and local authorities to help federal agencies crack down on illegal immigration. On page 390 it said that,“There is a growing role for state and local law enforcement agencies [for the enforcement of immigration law]. They need more training and work with federal agencies so that they can cooperate more effectively with those federal authorities in identifying terrorist suspects.”- Human Events
• Officers shall not make arrests based on administrative warrants for arrest or removal entered by ICE into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, including administrative immigration warrants for persons with outstanding removal, deportation or exclusion orders. Enforcement of the civil provisions of U.S. immigration law is the responsibility of federal immigration officials. - City of New Haven
(Note: I was born in Jersey City, NJ. My family fled the city when I was five.)