U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested 24 individuals over a five-day time period according to a press release. The investigation involved ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Los Angeles Field Office last month.
ICE reported, “Those arrested had criminal histories or convictions for sexual abuse. Several individuals are registered sexual offenders. Everyone taken into custody is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings, criminal prosecution, or removal from the United States.”
The list of charges ranges from 1995 to late 2021, and the most common charge is sexual assault and sexual activities with minors.
A couple of cases raise some serious concerns about the justice department in California and weak sentences for sexual acts with minors.
ICE reported, “A 34-year-old Mexican citizen arrested in Goleta. In November 2021, the Supreme Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, convicted this noncitizen of felony unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.”
According to California Penal Code 261.5 section c, “Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger than the perpetrator is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.”
It’s only been 8 months since the 34-year-old male had been sentenced, which suggests that a weak sentence was imposed.
Another case said, “A 46-year-old Mexican citizen arrested in Los Angeles. In April 2021, the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, convicted this noncitizen of felony lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.”
Why aren’t these people already in prison and even if they aren’t, why were they still in the United States?
Another report in the press release is about a 44-year-old Salvadoran. ICE reported, “In 2018, the Supreme Court of California, County of Los Angeles, convicted this noncitizen of felony lewd and lascivious acts upon a child.”
That person should likely still be in prison as well. Many of the other reports were old and past the sentencing guidelines, but the ones that are more recent paint a picture of California’s dire judicial problem.