Arrest Calls SANCTUARY Status Into Question!

( – On August 10th, the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New York City apprehended Alejandro Pixtun-Hernandez, a 56-year-old fugitive from Guatemala who was wanted for aggravated rape in a continuous manner and with special aggravating circumstances.

New York is one of eleven sanctuary states that offer a haven for illegal aliens. The other sanctuary states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. These states deny ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), access to interview incarcerated aliens by refusing to comply with ICE detainers.

Pixtun-Hernandez is from San Pedro Ayampuc, Guatemala. He spent nearly nine years as a fugitive on the run in New York. He was first wanted in 2014 in Guatemala, but a few months later, he crossed the US-Mexico border.

The U.S. Border Patrol arrested him near Falfurrias, Texas, on October 9, 2014. He received an expedited order of deportation and was sent back to Guatemala. He crossed the border once more and managed to enter the U.S. again.

A red notice for Pixtun-Hernandez was issued by Interpol, the international criminal police organization, in November 2021. He was apprehended on August 10 in New York after living there for an unknown duration.

Interpol is the global police organization that helps law enforcement agencies worldwide share and access information on crimes and criminals. The Red Notice is a global notice that contains information on identifying fugitives who have been charged with or convicted of serious crimes and have fled from prosecution or are serving their sentence.

According to a June 2023 report, the Customs and Border Patrol arrested over twenty thousand illegal aliens with criminal convictions, including 442 gang members. Of those, over one hundred were MS-13 gang members. In addition, over 20,000 pounds of fentanyl—enough to kill over 4.6 billion people—came over the Southwest border. Fentanyl seizures at the border have increased 136% compared to May 2022.

Until his deportation, Pixtun-Hernandez will stay in ICE custody.

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