(AZ Central) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio expressed his concern Sunday evening with the federal government’s “backdoor amnesty” on immigration, when it was revealed that the suspect in Friday’s series of shootings in California, that left two sheriff’s deputies dead, had Arizona ties and had been deported on two occasions.
The shooting suspect identified himself as Marcelo Marquez, 34, when he surrendered Friday afternoon in Auburn, Calif., after a manhunt that lasted several hours. He was then identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte.
Monroy-Bracamonte was arrested in Maricopa County in 1996 and was previously deported, Arpaio said Sunday at a press conference. He might have used other aliases, Arpaio added.
“He was booked into the jails I run for drug-related convictions,” Arpaio said. “He was evidently turned over to ICE and had been deported on two occasions.”
ICE said Monroy-Bracamonte was deported to Mexico in 1997 and was deported a second time in 2001 for circumstances that were not clear Sunday evening.
Arapio said this is just another example of what he has been talking about for the past eight months: ICE releasing undocumented immigrants back onto the streets of Maricopa County.
“Once again we are faced with another tragedy on our hands because of a form of ‘backdoor amnesty,’ ” he said.
Monroy-Bracamonte and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, remained at the Sacramento County jail Sunday. Monroy-Bracamonte faces two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. Monroy has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of carjacking.
Monroy’s father, Mauro Marquez, 55, who lives in Tempe, said his daughter is a victim, too.
“We feel bad that she was arrested and is facing charges. It wasn’t her fault. She wasn’t in agreement. He just took her,” he said in Spanish. … “He had threatened her and had told her that he was going to kill her,” he said.
Marquez said her daughter had plans to visit Tempe recently for her mother’s birthday but was forced by her husband to go to California instead, leaving them with only a phone call from their daughter Thursday, the day before the series of shootings occurred.
He said Monroy both attended school and met Monroy-Bracamonte in the Valley and that the couple have been married for 14 years.
Marquez said Monroy-Bracamonte had become controlling with his daughter.
“She had a job out in Utah, but he forced her to leave it,” Marquez said.
This year, the Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation that showed that 4,000 inmates in their jails are undocumented immigrants who had been previously turned over to the U.S. government, Arpaio said at the press conference.
“A stunning 36 percent had come back to our jails,” he said.
Arpaio said he has repeatedly written letters to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the DHS Inspector General, and the head of ICE, for an investigation as to how and why these criminals have been deported and returned or “let out the back door.”
“The situation is not only intolerable, but it is also getting worse.”
This month alone, two different undocumented immigrant criminals were arrested who have had 15 prior arrests, another two with 11 arrests each, one with 15 arrests and one more with 16 arrests, Arpaio said.
“There is something wrong going down,” he said. “We got to clean up the problem we have right now. Diplomacy what?”
Arpaio said he will be asking for a congressional investigation on the matter.
“I hate that we are finding out about this man because of the deaths of these deputies.”
Arpaio said his office will conduct a full internal investigation on Monroy-Bracamonte to find out the extent of his criminal history in Maricopa County.
The manhunt in California Friday began after Monroy-Bracamonte, who was sitting with his wife in a parked car outside a motel, allegedly began shooting at Sacramento County sheriff deputies when they approached their car, authorities said.
Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was killed in the incident.
Soon afterward Monroy-Bracamonte allegedly shot Anthony Holmes, 38, of Sacramento at least twice during an attempted carjacking, authorities said. He was in the hospital Sunday in fair condition.
The search covered a 30-mile region. As the manhunt unfolded, homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42, was also shot and killed by Monroy-Bracamonte, authorities said.