We’ve all heard the political rhetoric about undocumented immigrants who travel to the United States and commit crimes. The intense debate surrounding the issue has led to a cluster of inefficiencies and problems between law enforcement agencies and ICE.
This confusing and emotionally-charged situation has put the Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, in a precarious position. The Mayor has repeatedly told his constituents that his job is to protect everyone. He does not want to get into political arguments, but he does want the Santa Clara County Police Department to revisit their policies regarding ICE and violent felony offenders. Currently, the police have an unspoken policy of not cooperating with ICE agents.
The most recent arrest of a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant has prompted the mayor to again state his desire for the department to reconsider their current position.
24-year-old Carlos Arevalo Carranza was recently apprehended under the suspicion of murdering the manager of a medical testing company. Bambi Larson, the victim, was found stabbed to death in her home on February 28th. Carranza was seen lurking around the area on surveillance videos.
Carranza is a self-identified gang member, and he’s no stranger to the law. Back in 2013, he was deported from the country by ICE. He later returned and continued committing crimes. Since then, he’s been charged with possessing paraphernalia, burglary, battery of an officer, entering and occupying a property and resisting arrest. Now, his DNA has been found at a murder scene. It’s unfortunate that the Santa Clara Police denied ICE requests to take the suspect into custody at least six times.
The mayor believes this arrest should prompt a new discussion.