Marion Co. Jail in Indiana releases illegal immigrant involved in hit-and-run

What is going on in central Indiana?

The Marion County Jail in Indianapolis has let an illegal immigrant simply walk out of jail.

You may remember that Juana Loa-Nunez is accused of striking a kindergarten teacher crossing the road, just trying to get to work. Loa-Nunez then attempted to flee the scene, but fellow motorists boxed her vehicle in, not allowing her to run.

The woman struck suffered injuries to her legs.

It was later learned that Loa-Nunez was in the country illegally and did not have a license.

Well, now the blame game is under way in central Indiana. That’s because Loa-Nunez was allowed to just walk out of jail after posting $250 bail.

According to WISH-TV, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notified the Marion County Jail that they wanted to take her into custody.

The Marion County Jail says they notified ICE of a four-hour window to pick up Loa-Nunez and that immigration officials failed to act.

Now, everyone is full damage control releasing statements.

The following statement is from ICE:

“Without any regard for the safety of its citizens, on May 10, Marion County brazenly ignored an immigration detainer and released a Mexican woman from its jail without first notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The woman it released is an illegal alien who is accused of hitting and badly injuring a pedestrian, and then fleeing the scene before being pursued and stopped by conscientious citizens.  Marion County allowed this woman to go free, and she continues to be a danger to anyone else who happens to be on the same road she drives.

“As law enforcement professionals, ICE and Marion County should both have the same ultimate goal in mind — to protect the public by combating criminals and holding accountable those who break our laws.  ICE helps fulfill that role by removing criminal aliens and other immigration violators from the streets, and from the United States.  ICE can do its job more effectively when local officials actively work to protect its citizens by honoring ICE immigration detainers.”

But the Marion County Jail responded and blamed ICE for Loa-Nunez’s release:

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released a statement blaming the Marion County for the release of Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez from the Marion County Jail. In accord with the ruling of Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker, and Indiana law, ICE was given four hours notice to take custody of Ms. Loa-Nunez. ICE failed to act in accord with the law by failing to pick up this individual in a timely manner.

“Judge Sarah Evans Barker has ruled that ICE must provide a criminal warrant or a criminal probable cause affidavit for the County to detail undocumented individuals. ICE failed to provide such documentation, despite receiving timely notice. Thus, ICE allowed this individual to go free.

“If ICE wished to challenged the ruling of Judge Sarah Evans Barker, it could have done so. It did not.

“United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not the Sheriffs of Indiana, is charged with the enforcement of immigration law. However, Marion County acts wholly in accord with the ruling of Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Indiana law.”

Now, the likelihood of ever finding her is pretty slim.

This is simply ridiculous.

And let’s remember this is happening in conservative, red state Indiana.

As they say, this is why Trump was elected.

 

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