Sex-offender intern’s case goes underground

by Michael Carl

Homeland Security, courts, senator’s office all mum

The case against an intern serving in the Newark, N.J., office of Sen. Robert  Menendez, a Democrat from that state, who was arrested Dec. 6 reportedly for  being both an illegal immigrant and a sex offender, apparently has gone  underground.

The Associated Press   reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested  18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta outside of his Newark home.

However, there seems to be no record of the arrest, the progress of Sanchez’s  case, or that he is even still in custody.

WND contacted the Newark office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement  service. Officials there declined comment and referred WND to the ICE’s regional  supervisor.

The ICE New Jersey supervisor referred WND to the Department of Homeland  Security, which has not responded to WND’s request for an interview about the  case.

In a follow-up inquiry, officials at the U.S. court for Newark told WND they  have no record of Sanchez’s arrest, or if he is being held in custody.

The clerk for federal judge Patty Schwartz also said that she had no  information on the disposition of Sanchez’s case and referred WND to the Public  Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, the Internet-based federal court  record system.

A PACER search returned no records of an arrest, an arraignment, or any court  dates for Sanchez.

A spokeswoman who declined to give her name said Menendez’ office has nothing  to do with the arrest or prosecution of the case.

The case gained national attention because of press reports that Hudson  County, N.J., prosecutors notified the ICE in October that Sanchez was not only  an illegal immigrant, but also a registered sex offender in his native Peru.

AP   reported recently that officials at the Department of Homeland Security asked  the ICE not to arrest Sanchez until after the November election.

The spokeswoman in Menendez’ office said Sanchez was able to land the  internship because he did not receive a salary.

“We were not aware of his immigration or his sex offender status because  unpaid interns don’t have to pass through the e-verify system,” she said, adding  that the senator’s office wasn’t aware of the situation.

“We don’t know anything about any request for waiting until after the  election to arrest Sanchez,” the woman said.

She said the senator would not have allowed Sanchez to get the position if  his status had been known.

But Americans for Legal Immigration PAC president William Gheen says it  appears like the Obama immigration service and Homeland Security Secretary Janet  Napolitano were covering for the senator, who probably knew of the  situation.

“The source article in the Associated Press appears to be quoting an unnamed  official, but I feel quite comfortable pointing the finger at the top ranks like  John Morton and Janet Napolitano,” Gheen said.

Gheen believes that this is only the latest in a series of White House  connected illegal activities.

“Chances are high it leads right back to the White House just like all of  these other scandals do like Fast and Furious, Amnesty Decree Gate, Bengazi  Gate,” Gheen said.

“This White House runs like a banana republic and unlawful decrees and string  pulls abound. Same with Bush when he ordered ICE not to arrest Obama’s illegal  alien aunt Zetuni Onyongo before election day,” Gheen said.

Gheen says the number of sex offenders in the ranks of illegal immigrants is  most likely enormous.

“It is estimated that over nine million illegal aliens are employed in  America with almost no chance they will currently [be] arrested or deported  until after they have raped or killed someone. Among them there are likely tens  of thousands of sex offenders,” Gheen said.

Gheen says many illegal aliens started their crime sprees in their home  country, but there was no way for U. S. officials to know.

“Many … have committed sex crimes here in the U.S. and many …  committed  sex crimes in places where the rule of law does not exist. There are no police  reports or evidence for us to even access,” Gheen said.

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