Sunday, October 26, 2014
A tragic event on Friday in Sacramento, California will likely result in discussions in the region about the efficacy of U.S. immigration enforcement.
The Sacramento Bee reports that police investigators were reviewing the backgrounds of a couple most recently from Utah accused in the killings of two law enforcement officers and wounding another one. Federal authorities reportedly are saying that the 34-year-old man charged in the slayings has used at least two identities and has previously been deported from the United States on two occasions.
Law enforcement has identified the suspect as Marcelo Marquez, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that his name actually is Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte. Monroy-Bracamonte was first deported to Mexico in 1997 following his arrest and conviction in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale; he was arrested and returned to Mexico a second time in 2001.
ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said the agency had filed an immigration detainer against him asking that he be turned over to federal authorities if and when he is released by local law enforcement.
Sheriff’s officials booked Monroy-Bracamonte into the Sacramento County jail on two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. His wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, faces a count of attempted murder and two counts of carjacking.
UPDATS (10/28): Here is more information and commentary on the immigration issues raised by the case. The comments offer a glimpse about how heated the discussion might get.
UPDATE (10/28): Not surprisingly, Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has blamed the federal government for allowing the murder suspect to remain in the country and has sought to capitialize politically on the tragedy.
UPDATE (10/29): Jennifer Medina and Julia Preston of the New York Times provide more background about the immigration status, criminal and removal history, and multiple aliases of the Sacramento shooting suspect.