ICE Points To Biden Admin Policy As Reason Illegal Immigrant Accused Of Murdering Teen Was Out Free

ICE Points To Biden Admin Policy As Reason Illegal Immigrant Accused Of Murdering Teen Was Out Free

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2024) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Kristie Canegallo attend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) annual Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor fallen CBP officers, Air and Marine Operations and U.S. Border Patrol agents who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty at the CBP Headquarters in Washington, DC. (DHS photo by Sydney Phoenix)

Federal immigration authorities cited a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy directive when explaining their handling of an illegal immigrant who is now charged with the murder of a teenager.

Antonio Antonio-Rodas, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested and charged with murder last week for a fatal car accident in Alabama involving a 19-year-old.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed to the DCNF that they had been aware of Antonio-Rodas’ criminal history and legal status since he was arrested for a DUI in 2021, but cited the COVID-19 pandemic and a directive issued by (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that altered enforcement priorities as a reason for not taking custody of him at the time.

The Semmes Police Department arrested Antonio-Rodas earlier this month for a car crash on April 28 in a Mobile, Alabama, suburb that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Adam Luker.

On the day of the deadly accident, calls were made to law enforcement about a reckless driver on the road, according to the crash report. Responding officers noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver” and discovered “open and unopened alcohol containers in his car.”

Antonio-Rodas was driving 88 miles per hour when the crash occurred and a blood alcohol test showed his level to be three times more than the legal limit, according to local reports.

ICE confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that Antonio-Rodas unlawfully entered the U.S.

“On an unknown date and location, Antonio entered the United States without inspection, admission, or parole by an immigration officer,” an ICE spokesperson stated. “On Dec. 27, 2018, the United States Border (USBP) arrested Antonio near Hidalgo, Texas and served him with a Notice to Appear.”

“On Jan. 4, 2019, ERO San Antonio released him on an order of recognizance,” the statement continued.

Nearly three years after being released from ERO (ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations), however, he was on the agency’s radar for a DUI arrest. ERO New Orleans encountered Antonio-Rodas at the Mobile County Metro Jail following his arrest for DUI in November 2021 — an incident in which he was convicted in September 2022.

At the time of the encounter, the agency said, ERO officers were prioritizing their enforcement actions in accordance with the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law issued by Mayorkas on September 30, 2021.

That policy directive — citing the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. — encouraged agencies to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” when determining who should be subject to arrests, detainers and removal proceedings. The memo also claimed that the majority of illegal immigrants who could be subject for removal have been “contributing members of our communities for years.”

The agency additionally said the COVID-19 pandemic significantly reduced the number of illegal immigrants ICE agents were able to arrest and deport, and also pointed to the immigration crisis which forced the agency to divert resources to the southern border.

ICE lodged a detainer request with the Mobile County Metro Police Department for Antonio-Rodas on May 9, one day after he was arrested locally on murder charges, the agency confirmed to the DCNF.

However, the murder victim’s family is unhappy that this man wasn’t deported sooner.

“If that had been the case, then this would have never happened,” stated Will Phillips, an attorney who represents the family, according to Fox10 News. “You know, the federal government has access to all of the, you know, information about arrests and that kind of thing.”

The incident comes as Mayorkas continues to take heavy GOP criticism for not doing enough to address the immigration crisis, which has seen record numbers of illegal immigrants cross the southern border.

The GOP-controlled House voted to impeach the DHS secretary in February. However, the Democrat-controlled Senate dismissed those impeachment charges in April.

Luker succumbed to his wounds about a week after the crash. A GoFundMe was launched to help support the family.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will undergo a medical procedure on Friday, the Department of Defense announced, following previous medical issues that he did not initially disclose to the White House or the American public. Austin will go to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday for a…

Oil Lobby Working With Republicans Behind-The-Scenes To Push ‘Gateway’ To Carbon Tax

America’s leading oil and gas trade group is working behind the scenes with moderate House Republicans to push support for a bill that critics say could lead to a domestic carbon tax, according to an email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation and sources familiar with the matter. On…

‘Green New Deal’ Author AOC Is Warning That Trump Will Raise Gas Prices

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an author of the so-called “Green New Deal,” is warning that former President Donald Trump could allow oil companies to price gouge on gasoline. Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Trump will allow energy companies to collusively raise prices at the pump should he win the 2024…

EXCLUSIVE: Swing-State Dem Senator Says Concerns About Males Competing In Female Sports Are ‘Unfounded’

Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey believes that concerns over males competing in female sports are based on “overgeneralized” and “unfounded assumptions,” according to a June 2023 letter obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Casey wrote the letter in response to an individual asking about “transgender youth participation in athletics,”…

Red States Ask Supreme Court To Stop Blue States From Forcing Climate Agenda On Rest Of Country

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Nineteen Republican state attorneys general hit five Democrat-controlled states with a legal challenge alleging that the blue states are illegally attempting to impose aggressive climate policies on the rest of the country. The coalition of red states filed the challenge with the Supreme Court on Wednesday, alleging…

University Reassigns Police Chief Weeks After Violence Breaks Out During Pro-Palestinian Protest

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Police Chief John Thomas has been reassigned after he was criticized for failing to break up a violent clash between pro-Palestinian protesters and counter-protesters, according to The New York Times. The Los Angeles Police Department was called in on May 1 after UCLA’s security…

Watch Top Fauci Aide Squirm As GOP Rep Presses Him About ‘Back Channel’ To Former Boss

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s senior advisor at the National Institutes of Health Dr. David Morens during a Wednesday hearing denied using a “back channel” to communicate with his former boss and claimed he was making a joke. Morens allegedly intentionally obstructed the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic’s…

Ted Cruz Asks Biden Judicial Nom To Explain Why She Ordered Male ‘Serial Child Rapist’ To Be Housed In Women’s Prison

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas grilled United States Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn Wednesday about a case centering around a serial child rapist during a Wednesday confirmation hearing. Netburn, who was nominated for a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was one…

Trump Motions To Dismiss Classified Docs Case Based On ‘Unconstitutional’ Mar-A-Lago Raid, ‘Prosecutorial Misconduct’

Former President Donald Trump in Manhattan criminal court. (April 4, 2023.)
Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys alleged in filings docketed Tuesday that prosecutors in the classified documents case violated his constitutional rights on several occasions. Trump’s attorneys filed multiple motions to dismiss his classified documents case, including one for “prosecutorial misconduct and due process violations” and another based on the “unconstitutional”…

‘Money Has To Come From Somewhere’: New York Winning Big From Biden’s Domestic Agenda Despite Poor Business Climate

Dozens of corporations have established new operations in New York state with the help of generous subsidies from the state and President Joe Biden’s signature laws despite the state’s unfriendly business environment. The Biden administration takes credit for attracting billions of private sector dollars to establish dozens of new manufacturing…

Major Public University System Reportedly Shelled Out Tens Of Millions On DEI-Related Staffers

The University of North Carolina (UNC) system spent roughly $70 million paying employees working on its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs, according to a report produced by Open The Books. Across the 16 colleges and universities in the UNC system, Open The Books identified 686 staffers working…

Poll Reveals Which Vice President Pick Helps Trump With Voters Most

A recent poll found that voters say they would be more likely to support former President Donald Trump if Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is on the ticket in 2024. Scott leads the field of possible vice presidential contenders, including former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, Republican Florida Sen.

Looking To Retire Soon? You’ll Need Over $1 Million To Live ‘Comfortably’ Under Biden, Report Finds

The average amount that Americans said that they would need to “comfortably” retire has surged to $1.46 million as inflation continues to push up prices, a survey released Monday shows. The estimate for 2024 is 15% higher than last year and more than 50% higher than what people said in…

Black Businesses Are Getting Crushed Under The Biden-Harris Economic Agenda

Vice President Kamala Harris’s multistate economic tour stopped in Michigan this month to tout the administration’s record for black Americans. The start of the tour coincided with National Small Business Week. The Biden administration tries to hide it, but the economic numbers show that Bidenomics has handicapped black…

US Ally Issues New Rules To Snuff Out Teaching ‘Gender Identity’ In Schools

A draft guidance regarding relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) lessons from the United Kingdom’s Department of Education includes instructions to teachers not to discuss “gender identity” with students. The British government released the draft Thursday, following fierce debate about transgender issues in the United Kingdom, Politico Europe reported. The document…

‘This Will Kill Jobs’: Biden Admin To End Future Leasing In One Of America’s Richest Coal Regions

President Joe Biden with Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse, left, and Assistant to the President & Director of the National Economic Council Lael Brainard, right, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 10, 2023, i (Alex Wong/Getty Images / Getty Images)
The Biden administration is moving to end future leasing in a large swath of America’s top coal-producing region. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed Thursday to effectively ban future leasing in a sizable portion of the Powder River Basin, a coal-rich geologic formation covering parts of Wyoming…

Biden’s Budget Bomb

Quietly, almost stealthily, Washington is in full wheeler-dealer mode for the next month. The ability for the United States to win a major war may well hang in the balance. Nearly everyone in the know is eyeballing one bill with the intensity of a construction crew watching Sydney Sweeney stroll…

Here’s What Trump Sees In Doug Burgum

Donald Trump knows how to run a talent show. He’s built a career out of them — in addition to careers as real estate mogul and president of the United States. What he learned from Miss Universe beauty pageants and the breakout success of “The Apprentice” he’s now applying to…

Congressman Indicted For Bribery Spent Roughly Half Of Campaign Cash On Legal Fees

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, speaks about the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA's $102 million dollar investment to expand access to housing and water infrastructure for socially disadvantaged rural people nationwide, during an announcement in Zapata Co., TX, on Dec 16, 2022. The USDA $1 million Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant and prior grant enabled Siesta Shores to purchase a filter upgrade along with new raw water pumps and electrical wiring. It also will install six-inch raw water piping and fittings to reach the deeper parts of the community?s water source, Falcon Lake. The 263 projects in which USDA invests will create economic opportunities and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in rural America. The investments are part of the Biden-Harris Administration?s commitment to ensure that people living in rural America have equitable access to the infrastructure and economic opportunities they deserve. ?USDA invests in rural America because we know a strong community is rooted in its people,? Torres Small said. ?Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, USDA can help invest in opportunity and prosperity for all people, regardless of background or financial status, who make up the character and personality of our great country?s rural lands.? The Siesta Shores Water Control and Improvement District in Zapata County, Texas, receives a $1 million Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant to purchase a filter upgrade along with new raw water pumps and electrical wiring. It also will install six-inch raw water piping and fittings to reach the deeper parts of the community?s water source, Falcon Lake. These investments are in addition to the recent expansion of the Rural Partners Network (RPN), which is central to President Biden?s commitment to ensure all rural people can benefit from federal resources. Led by USDA with support from more than 20 federal agencies and commissions, RPN is part of an all-of-government strategy to champion rural people and places, including Native American communities. These programs are Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks on Tribal Lands and Colonias, Appalachian Regional Commission Grants, Delta Health Care Grants, Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grants, Housing Preservation Grants, Rural Community Development Initiative Grants, Tribal College Initiative Grants, Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants, Rural and Native Alaskan Village Grants, Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants and Community Facilities Disaster Grant Program. USDA Media by Lance Cheung.
A congressman indicted for a bribery scheme involving the Azerbaijani government has spent over half of his campaign cash this cycle on legal services, records show. Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar spent more than $750,000 on payments to various law firms during the 2024 election cycle as authorities…

The RNC Is Fighting For Election Integrity. Join Us.

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Of the many issues that voters will debate ahead of November 5, we can all agree on one thing: Americans deserve fair elections and voters should be able to cast their ballots with confidence. Unfortunately, despite prominent Democrats’ own denials of election results, the Democrat Party has ridiculed concerns about…

‘Seem To Be Confused’: AOC Attacks John Fetterman After He Called Her Out For Exchange With GOP Colleague

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rebuked Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. John Fetterman after he called out the congresswoman for participating in the chaos at a GOP Oversight Committee hearing Thursday evening. The committee held a vote to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for not…

Antisemitism On College Campuses: A Call For Action

America has a problem with antisemitism. There’s no denying it anymore. Antisemitism is a growing problem and getting worse on college campuses across America. This alarming trend is an affront not only to Jewish students but to the fundamental values of freedom and tolerance that our nation holds…

Trump’s Attorney Made Swiss Cheese Out Of Michael Cohen’s Testimony, Raising Questions Of Perjury

Former President Donald Trump’s defense attorney rebutted Michael Cohen’s testimony during a brutal cross-examination Thursday, which has legal commentators raising the possibility Cohen again committed perjury. Defense attorney Todd Blanche confronted Cohen on his past lies under oath, including to Congress and a federal judge, asking him whether he took…

Former Trump Attorney And Ex-Federal Prosecutor Duke It Out Over Whether Michael Cohen Is ‘Worst Witness Ever’

Criminal defense attorney Bill Brennan, who previously represented former President Donald Trump, and former federal prosecutor Shan Wu on Thursday sparred over whether Michael Cohen is a bad witness. Cohen faced cross-examination again on Thursday, with even CNN pundits questioning whether the jury will buy the …

It’s Official, Alvin Bragg Has Lost CNN

Photo of Alvin Bragg, Manhattan DA. Bragg is setting up an indictment on former President Donald Trump. Photo/BBC/Getty Images
Multiple CNN pundits have started to lose faith in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against former President Donald Trump as the prosecution’s star witness Michael Cohen appears to falter under cross-examination. Bragg charged Trump with 34 felony counts for allegedly falsifying business documents while reimbursing Cohen,…