U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have confirmed that an illegal alien was responsible for starting the devastating wildfires in California.
ICE Director Director Tom Homan confirmed Thursday that a man who had been deported five times in the past had been arrested in connection with committing arson. Jesus Fabian Gonzalez had been arrested several times previously but ICE had never notified because his arrest took place in a sanctuary county.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”
Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.
Sonoma County is considered a sanctuary jurisdiction and does not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. That includes not honoring ICE detainer requests. “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” Homan wrote in the statement regarding Gonzalez.
There were several fires in the region, and it is not clear what role the fires Gonzales allegedly set played in the overall disaster.
Several officials suspected this week that Mexican cartels may have been behind the California fires after several pot farms were burned to the ground.