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September 30, 2019
10th District Legislators Cite Cumberland County Case as Latest Reason to Oppose Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies

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Federal immigration authorities are searching for a Mexican national, Luciano Trejo-Dominquez from Bridgeton, who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager under the age of 16. He was released from the Cumberland County jail on August 23rd despite a request by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) that he remain in prison until federal authorities could take him into custody.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Asm. Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe say a sanctuary state directive enacted by the Murphy Administration is a threat to public safety after the release from custody of a Mexican national accused of sexually assaulting a teenager. (

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District sounded off on the threat to public safety due to the new directive enacted by Governor Murphy’s administration. This is yet another attempt to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary for illegal criminals.

“Because our state chooses to arrogantly disregard federal law this man is now evading immigration authorities and putting our residents at risk,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We must not allow criminals such as this to slip through the cracks of our immigration system, especially those who are accused of assaulting children.”

Trejo-Dominguez was arrested Aug. 12 by police on the charges, which also included criminal restraint, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. ICE officials filed detainers with the Cumberland County Jail, which did not honor the request and released the Mexican national from custody on Aug. 23.

“When a county jail frees a suspected child rapist despite ICE’s request to have this individual remain locked up, it creates a terrifying circumstance for our residents,” added Assemblyman McGuckin. “We want to believe that our Governor’s administration is looking out for our best interests but county jails are being forced to change their procedures and this new directive gravely affects public safety.”

Last fall, Governor Murphy’s administration established the “Immigrant Trust Directive” which forces prisons in the state to reduce their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The legislators believe that this directive is an outrageous and dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions of New Jersey residents.

“This directive has created a divide between county jails and immigration authorities creating opportunities for undocumented criminals to evade the law and avoid deportation,” continued Wolfe. “This directive comes at the expense of our innocent, law-abiding citizens. We hope that the Governor and the Attorney General realize the threat to public safety,” added Assemblyman Wolfe.

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