Republican questions CBP’s release of man wanted on murder warrant

Republican questions CBP’s release of man wanted on murder warrant
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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator seeking information on FBI dealings with Bruce Ohr, former DOJ lawyer Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Senate Homeland chair vents Mueller probe is preventing panel from receiving oversight answers MORE (R-Wis.) is calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide information about a man who was allowed into the United States despite being wanted in Honduras on a murder warrant.

In separate letters to CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello, Johnson said the release of the man, whose name wasn’t included in Johnson’s letters, was troubling.


“While CBP apparently lacked knowledge about the Honduran warrant at the time of the apprehension, it is still troubling that an illegal alien wanted for murder entered the United States, was apprehended, and released,” Johnson wrote in his letter to McAleenan.

The man was apprehended by border patrol agents in Texas on May 22, according to Johnson’s letters. He was released on May 27 but told to appear before an immigration judge at a later date. The man was then arrested in Massachusetts on June 6.

Johnson said in his letters that he had been made aware of the man’s release by a whistleblower. He wrote that the warrant for the man’s arrest in Honduras was issued in October, but that border authorities were “apparently unaware of the Honduran arrest warrant.”

Johnson asked for information on the man’s release, including ICE’s file on the individual and a summary of CBP’s interactions with him. He also asked for information on whether the agency was aware of the man’s record.

“As the discussion over how to enforce our immigration laws at the border continues, this is an example of what can happen via catch and release — our border agents just don’t always know everything about the people they are interacting with,” a GOP aide told The Hill.