After a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two boys in Rockville, Md., both of whom are suspected to be illegal aliens, some disturbing details continue to emerge about the case.
One of the two teens charged with raping the girl "was questioned by border patrol agents in Texas less than a year ago, according to a spokesman with Immigration and Customs Enforcement," local radio station WTOP reported.
Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, was encountered by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, in August 2016. The agent determined that Sanchez-Milian had unlawfully entered the country from Mexico, said ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke.
“Sanchez-Milian was issued a notice to appear in front of an immigration judge, which is currently waiting to be scheduled,” Bourke said in a statement.
Bourke could not provide information about 17-year-old Jose Montano’s status because he is a minor, but the Daily Mail reported that he "arrived from El Salvador about eight months ago."
Despite the boys' ages, they were both placed in ninth grade.
Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jack Smith buried his head in the sand at a press conference after the attack. "While some would try to make this into a question and issue of immigration, what comes down here is that we serve every student that walks in our door."
He also said “We do not know what anyone's immigration status is in the school system because the law says we don't collect that and we don't."
The rape has fueled opposition to officials making Maryland a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, Fox News reports.
Four days after the rape, Maryland’s House of Delegates passed legislation to join states like California in becoming a “sanctuary state,” affording illegal criminal aliens additional protections and making it more difficult to deport them or ask about immigration status.
That action has infuriated Maryland officials.
I am outraged by the brutal and violent rape of a 14-year-old girl in a Rockville public school,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Tuesday. “The state of Maryland is calling on Montgomery County to immediately and fully cooperate with all federal authorities during the investigation of this heinous crime. The public has a right to know how something this tragic and unacceptable was allowed to transpire in a public school.”
The legislation that passed Monday will make Maryland a sanctuary for illegal alien criminals, further endanger its citizens and interfere with state and local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement, the governor said.
Montgomery County, where the alleged rape took place, is on a list released this week by U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) of “Jurisdictions that have enacted policies which limit cooperation with ICE," Fox notes.
The rape was the subject of a question to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who said "The reason the president has made it such a priority to crack down on illegal immigration is because of cases like this."
But Smith said the responsibility does not lie solely with the school. "The student who committed the crime is primarily responsible," said Smith. "I am responsible. All of the people who work in Montgomery County Public Schools are responsible. We all take responsibility for it. It's a terrible, horrible thing, but the student who committed the crime ultimately has to be the one who is responsible for what happened on that morning."