On Tuesday, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was joined by other Arizona sheriff’s, and family members of those killed by criminal illegal entrants to demand politicians in Washington, DC to stop their practice of releasing criminal illegal entrants into cities and towns throughout the United States. Mary Ann Mendoza, mother of Mesa Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza who was killed by an illegal entrant with a criminal history, and Steve Ronnebeck, father of QT Store employee Grant Ronnebeck who was killed by an illegal entrant with a criminal history, joined in the call to action.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, for years, ICE refused to notify law enforcement of the type of crimes these criminal illegal aliens were convicted of or where they would be residing. ICE finally agreed to notify law enforcement of the release of criminal illegal aliens and began to do so last week.
“The very first notification we received from ICE is outrageous. It has angered me and the other sheriffs. We are demanding that this stop. It has to stop,” said Babeu today.
“President Obama, this Congress, has allowed 67,00 criminals to be released into our country. Bottom line, these criminals need to be sent from our country, never to be allowed back again,” stated Babeu. “The American people, law enforcement have had enough.”
“The news of releasing illegal immigrant killers is an outrage to my family, to Mrs. Mendoza and her family, to Kate Steinle’s family, and to the American people. When will our children matter? My son was executed by a convicted felon. Brandon Mendoza was killed by a convicted felon and an illegal immigrant. Kate Steinle was executed by a convicted felon and an illegal immigrant. Jamiel Shaw’s was executed by in an illegal alien and convicted felon, and there are too many to name here and the list is getting longer every day. Releasing these illegal immigrants – killers – back into the community puts American lives at risk every day. Our president, ICE officials – have yet to make one statement about these American lives. I’m here to tell you that enough is enough. It is time for the American people to stand up in unison and say loudly and clearly that ‘American lives matter,'”stated Steve Ronnebeck.
He called on Obama, “Say something, do something.”
Ronnenback said, “I am still waiting for my explanation, Mary Mendoza is stil waiting for her explanation.”
Mary Mendoza read off the names of seven young men and one woman who she said, “are just names to you – another news story. No, they are our children. This is an American problem. If we continue to ignore this problem, then you just need to stay tuned because this wil hit a family near you soon.”
Babeu noted that Arizona Sheriff’s Association released a statement, that reads in part:
The Sheriffs of Arizona have been forced to deal with many challenges due to lax enforcement of Criminal rules for U.S. immigration policies. We appreciate ICE finally starting this notification, yet it places all law enforcement in untenable position by not being transparent and notifying the public we are sworn to protect.
These bureaucratic excuses that these dangerous foreign criminals may not be returned to their country of origin since they lack travel documents are not acceptable. We demand that these criminals be deported from the US and back to their home country.
By simply notifying Sheriffs of the release of dangerous criminals doesn’t address the core problem that these dangerous criminals remain in America. We call on the President and Congress to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to broaden the eligibility categories for deportations and direct the US State Department to require foreign nations to receive their citizens that we have determined must be deported from the United States.
ICE has been releasing these criminal illegal immigrants into local communities, that we as Sheriffs are sworn to protect. You don’t have to be the Sheriff or a uniformed patrol deputy to realize that these dangerous criminals will reoffend and victimize our Arizona families. The Arizona Sheriffs Association stands united against the release of dangerous criminal illegals into American communities. They must be deported now, never to return to the United States again.
On Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 law enforcement agencies were notified that 3 violent criminal illegal entrants were released into Arizona by ICE. They are: Musa Salah Abdelaziz Abdalla, Dennis Valerievitch Tsoukanov, and Nasser Hanna Hermez.
On July 21, 2015, Abdelaziz Abdalla, age 34, of Sudan, was released from prison and turned over to ICE. On that same date, ICE released him from custody. ICE said he was released because they could not locate travel documents proving his citizenship in Sudan. They said, their hands were tied and they were forced to release him into the United States per the current immigration policy directives, according to Babeu.
Abdelaziz Abdalla violated his Probation 3 times and was finally sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 13 months starting in June of 2014. ICE placed an immigration hold detainer on him.
On December 15, 2001, Valerievitch Tsoukanov, age 33, of Russia, was involved in a scheme to rip off a delivery of Human Growth Hormone worth $1,000,000. Tsoukanov and two Russian accomplices kidnapped a police informant. The three Suspects took the informant to the Fossil Creek area near Camp Verde where they beat, stabbed, poured gasoline on him and set the victim on fire while he was still alive.
The three Russian suspects were arrested. The two accomplices made bail and fled. Both of the suspects that fled were later caught. One was of the suspects was caught in Canada after America’s Most Wanted profiled him.
Tsoukanov turned State’s evidence against the two co-defendants and was spared a life sentence. He was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Corrections for Kidnapping and 2nd Degree Murder. Co-defendants both received life sentences without parole. He was released from the Department of Corrections on December 21, 2014 and turned over to ICE that had a Detainer on him.
On July 16th, 2015, he was released from ICE custody.
Tsoukanov is a Russian Citizen born in Estonia. ICE said he was released because they could not locate travel documents proving his citizenship in Russia. They said, their hands were tied and they were forced to release him into the United States per the current immigration policy directives.
In April of 2009, Hanna Hermez, age 46, of Iraq, was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder of his seven week old daughter. After a lengthy court process, he finally took a plea agreement on April 4, 2011 for Negligent Homicide. Received six months in the Department of Corrections and three years’ Probation.
ICE said he is a legal permanent resident and due to the charges that he pled to, they cannot by law revoke his status and are forced to release him into the United States per the current immigration policy directives.
Last week, Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “It seems like every day we read another story regarding an illegal who should have already been deported committing new crimes in the United States. The American people are sick and tired of the inaction of DC and broken promises of politicians. The laws apply to US citizens, yet the law does not apply to illegals. There is no longer enforcement with consequences. 67,000 of the most serious criminal illegals have been released into our communities in the past 2 years alone! These are not all the illegals (most do not commit crimes) – just the most serious who’ve committed murder, rape and kidnapping – yet ICE didn’t return them to their country – they released them into America.”
· Multiple arrests for Assault in Randall County, Texas
· Arrest for Aggravated Assault in Maricopa County in September, 2007
· Accepts plea agreement which stipulates 5 years’ Probation and dropped a second Aggravated Assault in the City of Phoenix (Phoenix PD Report Number 200771553320)
* Arrested and indicted April 2015 for 3rd Degree Burglary, a class 4 felony
* Accepted a plea and on July 30, 2015 was sentenced to two years’ Probation.
* Released from ICE on July 31, 2015