Illegal Immigrant Charged With HEINOUS Sexual Assault On Mentally Handicapped Individual Walks Free In Rhode Island

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Rhode Island's law enforcement authorities have come under fire for releasing an illegal immigrant who was charged with sexually assaulting a severely mentally handicapped individual, despite a detainer request filed against him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE agents apprehended Rigberto Hoyos-Alban, a 33-year-old Colombian national, who is accused of a series of assault and sexual assault crimes. ICE has criticized Rhode Island officials for releasing Hoyos-Alban back into the community, despite an immigration detainer placed on him. This information was reported by the Daily Caller.

"Rigberto Hoyos-Alban has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of assault against a person with a severe mental handicap," stated ERO New England Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. "This is not the type of individual we want walking the streets of our New England neighborhoods."

Lyons further emphasized ICE's commitment to public safety, stating, "ERO Boston will continue to prioritize the safety of our public by apprehending and removing violent noncitizens from our communities."

Hoyos-Alban was first arrested by Border Patrol officials in November 2023 after he illegally entered the U.S. near the Rio Grande Valley, Texas area. He was subsequently issued a notice to appear before an immigration judge and released on his own recognizance.

On March 13, Central Falls Police Department officers arrested Hoyos-Alban and charged him with two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, and one count of felony assault on a person mentally impaired. Deportation officers lodged an immigration detainer against him with the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute the following day.

However, ICE claims that the facility disregarded the detainer and released Hoyos-Alban from their custody. Deportation officers were able to apprehend the illegal immigrant on their own in Cranston, Rhode Island on May 22. He will remain in their custody pending the outcome of his deportation proceedings.

This is not the first instance of Rhode Island officials ignoring ICE detainer requests and releasing criminal aliens from local custody. Earlier this year, the agency issued a press release about state officials releasing a Guatemalan illegal immigrant accused of child molestation from their custody, despite an immigration detainer lodged against him.

The Center for Immigration Studies identifies Rhode Island as a sanctuary jurisdiction, citing a July 2014 policy directive issued by the governor at that time. ICE has recently focused on New England communities, issuing press releases on local authorities in Massachusetts and Connecticut for their refusal to honor immigration detainer requests on criminal aliens. This has led officials in nearby New York City to consider legislation rolling back their sanctuary city laws.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections has yet to respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation. This incident underscores the ongoing debate over immigration enforcement and the role of local law enforcement in cooperating with federal immigration authorities.