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Feds say Philly released Dominican national accused of child rape | PhillyVoice

Duran-Cortes was arrested by ICE in September and is awaiting a hearing in immigration court. Local charges against him are still pending.

"Our deportation officers will use every available resource at our disposal to find and arrest these alleged predators," said Tom Decker, Enforcement and Removal Operations Philadelphia field office director.

"However, one of our best resources to keep these dangerous criminals off of our streets and from committing more crimes is for the Mayor to honor our detainers and requests for notification."

In August, ICE requested that city authorities detain Honduran national Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, who was also accused of raping a child.

In 2015, despite an ICE detainer request, Aguirre-Ochoa was released from local custody when charges against him in a separate case were dismissed.

Opponents of Philadelphia's sanctuary city status, including U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, used the incident to deride the city's policy.

Mayor Jim Kenney has maintained that the city's sanctuary city policy doesn't prevent immigration officials from doing their jobs. 

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