WATCH: Jail Director says a detainer is not a warrant
Two illegal alien teenagers wanted for attempted murder and gang-related activities were released by Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, in direct defiance of a deportation detainer from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
These two Salvadoran nationals, 16-year-old Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and 17-year-old Joel Ernesto Escobar, along with a third teen, 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi, are now accused of murdering 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz in Riverdale, Fox5 reports.
According to Twitchy, Mary Lou McDonough, Director of the Department of Corrections, said she acted in accordance with the law and claimed: “A detainer is not a warrant.”
Here’s more on the case:
While ICE is blaming Prince George’s County Department of Corrections for releasing the teens, PGCDC says after Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were arrested on May 11, 2018 a few days later: “a court order resulted in both individuals being transferred to the Cheltenham Youth Detention Center, which is a state facility. Neither of these individuals were released to the public from the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. They remained detained in the juvenile facility until the disposition of their cases earlier this year.”
A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services said he was limited with what he could release about the two teens and hoped to obtain more information.
He said it‘s very rare that Maryland state juvenile facilities are notified of ICE detainers.
It’s unknown why the teens were released despite such serious charges, why ICE was not notified and who should have notified ICE.
And, on the two illegal teenage boys:
ICE says Fuentes-Ponce arrived in the United States on December 23, 2015, with a family unit in Texas. On March 16, 2017, an immigration judge ordered Fuentes to be removed in absentia.
On Aug. 23, 2016, ICE says Escobar was found to be an “unlawfully present accompanied juvenile” near McAllen, Texas. He was transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement then later released to a family member in the D.C. area, according to ICE.
Several people online disagreed with McDonough and said the department acted improperly in releasing the illegal aliens: