California Department of Corrections Releases Convicted Child Murderer Against ICE Detainer

Back in August 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an immigration detainer on Carlos Morales-Ramirez, an El Salvadoran national who was convicted of slaying a child in 1998. Despite this detainer, Morales-Ramirez was released back into society on December 4, 2020, by the California Department of Corrections.

Fortunately, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers arrested Morales-Ramirez not even a week later. Upon his arrest on December 10, he was given a notice to appear in immigration court. Currently, Morales-Ramirez is still in ICE custody, being held in an undisclosed location in Southern California.

Carlos Morales-Ramirez’s Criminal History

In early 1998, Morales-Ramirez was convicted by the Los Angeles-based Superior Court of California for second-degree murder. He also received two lesser charges of great bodily injury to a child causing death and assault on a child causing death, both of which are felonies in California. Morales-Ramirez, who doesn’t hold U.S. citizenship, is originally from El Salvador.

At the time of his release, Carlos Morales-Ramirez was being detained in Pleasant Valley Prison, a state prison run by the California Department of Corrections.

California’s Lax Sanctuary Policies

In late 2017, the California State Legislature signed Senate Bill 54 into law. Also called the California Values Act, the law blocks municipal and state-level law enforcement groups from carrying out requests from federal immigration agencies such as ICE.

Although many disavow this sanctuary law, Senate Bill 54 was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.

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