Honduran illegal invader Illegal Juan Ramon-Vasquez has been sentenced to another 21 months in jail for the federal crime of illegal reentry to the United States after deportation, nearly two years after he raped a five-year-old after being given protection by “sanctuary city” Philadelphia, United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today.
A statement released by the Department of Justice said that in May 2009, Ramon-Vasquez was deported from the United States to Honduras. In March 2014, he was found back in the United States by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officers. At that time, Ramon-Vasquez was in the custody of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.
The City of Philadelphia thereafter chose not to comply with a detainer lodged by ICE for Ramon-Vasquez, who was instead released from custody by the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.
After his release, Ramon-Vasquez proceeded to repeatedly rape a young child. He is currently serving an “8 to 20 years” sentence for that crime.
“The facts of this case illustrate all too well the direct threat to public safety caused by the City of Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policies,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.
“After the City let this criminal loose on the streets of Philadelphia, Ramon-Vasquez repeatedly raped his girlfriend’s daughter over an 18-month period. If the ICE detainer had been honored by local law enforcement, this crime never would have happened, and the victim – an innocent child – would have been spared horrendous physical and mental trauma.
“Criminals like Ramon-Vasquez take note: my Office will do everything in its power to find you, to protect our community, and to seek justice for your victims. Unlike the Philadelphia government, we are not on your side.”
“ICE attempted to remove Ramon-Vasquez once before in March 2014, but the City of Philadelphia refused to honor our detainer and he was released back into the community, said Simona L. Flores, field office director for ERO Philadelphia.
“Today’s sentencing is a testament to ICE and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s resolve to seek out, arrest, charge and remove dangerous criminals like Ramon-Vasquez who pose a serious threat to our community.”
In June 2018, the Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney was filmed by an aide doing a dance singing, “We are a sanctuary city” after a judge ruled that the Department of Justice could not cut funds to the city because of its pro-illegal invasion stance.