U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release…
CHICAGO, IL – Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested an aggravated felon and immigration fugitive Wednesday at Union Station after he was released from an Illinois Department of Corrections jail despite an ICE detainer on file.
On Jan. 25, 2019, ERO officers filed a detainer with Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for Yoni Cruz-Lopez, 24, a resident of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and a citizen of Guatemala, after his felony conviction for driving under the influence (DUI). Cruz-Lopez has three DUI convictions (2015, 2016 and 2019).
In addition to his criminal convictions, Cruz-Lopez is an immigration fugitive. On Nov. 27, 2017, federal immigration judge ordered Cruz-Lopez removed from the United States, in absentia, when Cruz-Lopez failed to appear for his immigration hearing.
On Feb. 5, 2020, Cruz-Lopez was released from Vandalia Correctional Center (Illinois), despite ICE’s immigration detainer on file.
Late last month, IDOC cut off all communication with ICE and refuses to turn over convicted felons. ICE believes local law enforcement’s cooperation with ICE is crucial in promoting public safety.
These dangerous policies (sanctuary policies) leave ICE with no choice, but to increase enforcement to effect arrests to include neighborhoods and public places.