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Democrat Senator employed illegal alien sex offender

By Alicia A. Caldwell

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.

Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, an 18-year-old immigrant from Peru, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa from Peru, is facing deportation and remains in custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez's immigration case.

A spokesman said the Homeland Security Department would provide a statement later Wednesday.

Menendez, D-N.J., who advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies, was re-elected in November with 58 percent of the vote. He said his staff was notified Monday, and he personally learned about the case from AP's reporting and knew nothing about whether DHS delayed the arrest. The senator said his staff asks interns whether they are in the country legally but cannot check to be sure.

"We certainly wouldn't have known through any background checks since he is a minor about any sex offender status," Menendez said in an interview Wednesday with MSNBC. "Once it came to our attention, our New Jersey staff director let the young man go."

Online jail records did not indicate whether Sanchez has an attorney. Immigration officials there were relaying a request from the AP to speak with Sanchez in jail.

The prosecutor's office in Hudson County, N.J., said Sanchez was found to have violated the law in 2010 and subsequently required to register as a sex offender. The exact charge was unclear because Sanchez was prosecuted as a juvenile and those court records are not publicly accessible. The prosecutor's office confirmed to AP that Sanchez registered as a sex offender, although his name does not appear on the public registry. The acting county prosecutor, Gaetano Gregory, is a Republican.

Authorities in Hudson County notified ICE agents in early October that they suspected Sanchez was an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender and who may be eligible to be deported. ICE agents in New Jersey notified superiors at the Homeland Security Department because they considered it a potentially high profile arrest, and DHS instructed them not to arrest Sanchez until after the November election, one U.S. official told the AP. ICE officials complained that the delay was inappropriate, but DHS directed them several times not to act, the official said.

It was not immediately clear why federal immigration authorities would not have been notified sooner about Sanchez's status.

During discussions about when and where to arrest Sanchez, the U.S. reviewed Sanchez's application for permission to stay in the country as part of President Barack Obama's policy to allow up to 1.7 million young illegal immigrants avoid deportation and get permission to work for up to two years. As a sex offender, he would not have been eligible. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, notified Sanchez of that shortly before his arrest, one official said.

Menendez said the arrest spoke to the need for comprehensive immigration reform that brings illegal immigrants out of the shadows.

"It does speak volumes about why we need comprehensive immigration reform," the senator said. "I can't know who is here to pursue the American dream versus who is here to do it damage if I cannot get people to come forth out of the shadows, go through criminal background checks and then determine who is here to pursue the dream and make sure that those who are here and have criminal backgrounds ultimately get deported."

During the final weeks of President George W. Bush's administration, ICE was criticized for delaying the arrest of President Barack Obama's aunt, who had ignored an immigration judge's order to leave the country several years earlier after her asylum claim was denied. She subsequently won the right to stay in the United States after an earlier deportation order, and there was no evidence of involvement by the White House.

In that case, the Homeland Security Department had imposed an unusual directive days before the 2008 election requiring high-level approval before federal agents nationwide could arrest fugitive immigrants including Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama's late father. The directive from ICE expressed concerns about "negative media or congressional interest," according to a copy of that directive obtained by AP. The department lifted the immigration order weeks later.

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  1. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    December 13, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    “It does speak volumes about why we need comprehensive immigration reform,” the senator said. “I can’t know who is here to pursue the American dream versus who is here to do it damage if I cannot get people to come forth out of the shadows, go through criminal background checks and then determine who is here to pursue the dream and make sure that those who are here and have criminal backgrounds ultimately get deported.”

    “comprehensive immigration reform”

    Obviously, this means some thing other than making a determination at the border

    Come on Senator wouldn’t it be easier to just secure the border??

    But then there goes those votes

    However, it does beg the question how one is to rule those whom live by breaking rules

    Am sure that will be covered in the next piece of mud offered in the place of clear reason “comprehensive legal reform”

    Just another “fix” for the government’s failure to do its job in the first place

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      December 13, 2012 @ 7:28 am

      And would add

      Just another “fix” for the government’s failure to do its job in the first place, which changes nothing, allows the same problem to exist as before, making our government every bit as effective as the Mexican government at causing anything of real value to work, while enshrining corruption

      Olay

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      December 13, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      Everybody complains yet these people stay in office. I don’t understand it. The rules apply to everyone else but not to DC. The whole lot disgust me to no end.

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    • nax777Comment by nax777
      December 13, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

      Comprehensive; 1. Inclusive, 2. Including all, 3. Covering many eventualities. The apportions, both legal and illegal are morbidly unbalanced. And will add that the annual numbers are unsustainable. Thus a racist twist on the word comprehensive as a smoke screen for permitting unlimited numbers of select ideological groups. Don’t care what color or religion they are as long as they seek man gods to rule over everyone.
      http://www.numbersusa.com / http://www.goooh.com

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      December 13, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

      One thing I learned in running a POE&D during the Korean War is that arresting just one person entering this country illegally and sending him or her to the prison facilities we had on Adak during WWII would immediately stop illegal immigration — like the next day. We would have hundreds of army soldiers who were AWOL at any one time, but the nearby army base was given permission to court martial transits who overstayed their leave. A master sargeant was reduced one rank and fined half his pay for 6 months.It was like someone turned off a spicket yet we had hundreds who were home on leave. Those phone lines must have buzzed with warnings to not be late and never stay longer than 30 days over your leave or you’ll get tried for missing a troop movement in time of war or some such dire penalty. I was absolutely amazed at the undercurrent communications of those who know they are breaking laws either civilian or military.

      Illegal aliens aren’t always poorly paid. The maid and her daughter who cleaned my son’s and other apartments in LA were making $175,000.00 tax free because they were always paid in cash.

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  2. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    December 13, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Maybe Menendez thought he was cute. You know how them democrats are.

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    • jaijacobiaComment by jaijacobia
      December 13, 2012 @ 10:19 am

      We don’t need immigration reform. We need politician reform.

      There’s no way to reform immigration. We just need to stop it altogether. Restrict visits to three weeks and send anyone who shows up in our ER home. Anti-Obamacare in action. I’m an American Indian so I iknow what immigration leads to.

      We’re probably stuck with those already here, but we don’t need more. We don’t need sex offenders. We don’t need terrorists. We don’t need drug dealers. And that seems to be all we get.

      Even if Menendez does think they’re cute,– stop ‘em at the border and deport the rest.

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  3. bna42Comment by bna42
    December 13, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    “The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.”

    More government corruption exposed! The idea was to make sure nothing embarrassing to a Democrat would come to light before the election. If Janet Napolitano was questioned about this, she would deny that she had been advised and did not know her department made this request. Eric Holder still says he didn’t know anything about the Fast & Furious gun walking scheme. So it’s obvious we have an incompetent government OR we have a gang of thugs controlling all of it. But it’s also obvious that the American people have been duped OR they want these thugs to continue to control the government.

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      December 13, 2012 @ 11:31 am

      All officials who blocked the arrest of an illegal alien sex offender should be fired, at a minimum…who might he have hurt while they were avoiding negative publicity? It could have been one of their sons or daughters who became a victim. How disgusting and thoughtless, or maybe even stupid.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      December 13, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

      It seems that anything negative that can be related to an election, trumps law and common decency.

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    • arwenusaComment by arwenusa
      December 13, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      Godsgirl, The children of those officials can probably afford to hire people to protect their children from the illegal alien/sex offender/employees. It’s everyone else’s children who were endangered by these predators … and that term includes the officials.

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  4. elixirmixerComment by elixirmixer
    December 13, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Isn’t Menendez the same congressman who refused to pay for his whores somewhere in South America?

    Employing perverts seems to be modus operandi for democRATs.

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  5. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    December 13, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    The rules apply to everyone except DEMONCRATS!

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  6. librabobComment by librabob
    December 13, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    When our elected politicians fail to comply with laws which they personally disagree and suffer no consequences, our nation is doomed to anarchy.

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  7. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    December 13, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Shades of Barney Frank, who didn’t know his gay lover was running a male prostitution ring out of his house. Why the voters in those states keep re-elected these lying scoundrels is beyond me.

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    • mutrockComment by mutrock
      December 13, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

      And they both have shades my favorite ignorant television character: “I know nothing! I know nothing!”

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  8. grayfox433Comment by grayfox433
    December 13, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Would you expect any less from the commi-rats? They practice this type shady deal 24/7/365.

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  9. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    December 13, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Party of rangel, frank, dodd, pelosi. reid. obama, weiner, just a few of the corrupt democrats who morons keep putting in office. I am not surprised. just our usual dems working hard at corruption and moral innapropriateness.Senn one dem, seen them all.

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  10. slingshot383Comment by slingshot383
    December 13, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Hmmm, I bet using E-Verify wasn’t even thought about in his office!

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  11. freodomComment by freodom
    December 13, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    So what else will come out that happened before the elections & was held back on purpuse?

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  12. MutantoneComment by Mutantone
    December 14, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    “The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day” Wonder what sort of dirty deeds this fellow was employed to carry out? and how many other times Homeland “The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day” Wonder what sort of dirty deeds this fellow was employed to carry out? and how many other times Homeland Has “instructed” agents not to act? I know that if Homeland Security is playing politics our safety is at risk. Just like how all of the Muslim Brotherhood is in side of the White House and The Office of the Secretary of State as well as the White House and Obama’s’ administration groveling and bending over backwards to support and expand the Brotherhoods agenda using our Troops, equipment and funds in the Middle East.

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