Just recently, a man in San Francisco, California, which is a so-called “sanctuary city,” was placed under arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting at least four women, while purportedly posing as a ride-sharing driver over the course of roughly five years.
What’s worse, it has since been revealed that the man, who became known as the “Rideshare Rapist,” is also reportedly an illegal alien from Peru, which means that it’s likely he had been drawn to San Francisco because of the fact that it’s a sanctuary city. So, in addition to seeking justice against the rapist, who should not have even really been here in the first place, the victims should also be able to sue the city for providing a refuge for criminals.
Unsurprisingly, shortly after learning about the “rideshare” assault case, officials at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency “lodged a detainer” against the illegal immigrant, who was later identified as 36-year-old Orlando Vilchez Lazo, with the San Francisco County Jail.
Since it’s unlikely that the jail in sanctuary city will honor the federal agency’s request, though, they also decided to release a statement targeting the city for their past failure to fully cooperative with ICE agents and highlighted how doing so was basically the same as protecting undocumented aliens, which ultimately ends up drawing criminals like Lazo to their city.
“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” explained ICE officials in their recently released statement.
“The San Francisco jail does not honor ICE detainers nor notify ICE about the impending release of aliens in its custody,” they continued, adding, “in doing so, the jail not only provides a refuge for illegal aliens, but it also shields criminal aliens who prey on people in the community.”
According to reports, the ICE officials statement is apparently in reference to the sanctuary and due-process ordinances in the city that largely prohibit city employees from “assisting ICE agents” and “limit notice to ICE about a person’s release from jail and prohibit cooperation with ICE holds.”
Immigration officials in San Francisco, however, reportedly argued that their policies actually do more good than harm.
Specifically, in a statement from officials with the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, they claimed that “[the ordinance] promotes public trust and cooperation … by making sure that all residents, regardless of immigration status, feel comfortable calling the police and fire departments during emergencies and cooperating with city agencies.”
In the statement, Margolis claimed that while he “did drive for Lyft,” there was “no reason to believe” that the sexual brutal rapes happened while Lazo was actually working as a Lyft driver.
She also noted that “as soon as we were made aware of these…allegations, we immediately deactivated him.”
In addition to the statements released by San Francisco immigration office and Margolis, Commander Greg McEachern, who heads the investigations bureau for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), held a press conference and provided the public with additional information about the case as well.
“These assaults were not date-rapes. They were not acquaintance rapes. These assaults were violent rapes committed by a serial rapist. A sexual deviant predator who was not going to stop until he was caught,” explained McEachern before appearing to become overwhelmed with emotion and pausing.
By saying this, however, he essentially admitted that there have been people trying to explain to others what some of the potential consequences of their sanctuary city policies could be. They were basically warned that something like this would happen, and then it ended up happening.
Unfortunately, though, rather than finally change their ludicrously dangerous sanctuary city ordinances, it’s likely that the city’s liberal officials will just double down and continue to jeopardize the lives of countless residents.
After making this stunning admission, McEachern went on to add that there might also be, quite disturbingly, additional victims who have yet to come forward.
“The actions of someone like this whose committed four rapes in five years, there’s a long time between 2013 and 2018, it’s very hard to believe he wasn’t committing sexual assaults somewhere else,” reasoned the commander. “And we believe that [as] victims come forward, we might be able to tie those cases,” he added, noting, “but we know for sure that he’s responsible for these four rapes.”
Sadly, it’s not really unheard of for illegal immigrants to reportedly harm others. For example, a couple of months ago, a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador, who was later identified as Carlos Melara, was convicted of “conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity.”
According to reports, Melara, who is also allegedly a member of the violent MS-13 gang, had been on trial for supposedly participating in the gruesome slaughter of a 15-year-old boy in Massachusetts several years ago.
Apparently, after reviewing the evidence, it was determined that Melara lured the boy to a secluded park by pretending to be a friend of a girl who he was interested in order to then, quite shockingly, ambush and stab him to death with the help of several other gang members.
And prior to that, a 19-year-old undocumented alien who was later identified as Miguel “Timido” Angel Lopez-Abrego was taken into custody for also allegedly participating in an MS-13 gang killing. According to reports, Lopez-Abrego and a few other MS-13 gang members have been accused of murdering a man and burying his body deep in the woods of Maryland.
Without a doubt, illegal immigration cannot and must not be tolerated. This means that any and all city officials who offer refuge to potentially dangerous criminals need to be held accountable for putting the lives of the very people they were elected to protect at risk. Hopefully, this is exactly what the victims of Lazo will do.