PHOENIX - Arizona Senator John McCain is asking the head of the Department of Homeland Security for more information about a man suspected of hitting and killing a Phoenix police officer last weekend.
McCain sent a letter asking several questions of Secretary Janet Napolitano about Jesus Cabrera-Molina, who was arrested on Sunday on an unrelated drug charge.
Cabrera-Molina has not been charged in the death of Officer Daryl Raetz, who was struck by an SUV early Sunday morning during a DUI traffic stop. The SUV was found in Surprise and is reportedly registered to Cabrera-Molina.
In the letter, McCain wrote about his concern about the release of 2,226 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees into the community. He said an investigation revealed that many of the detainees had “serious criminal records.”
McCain wrote, “The poor judgment of ICE officials culminated in tragedy when an illegal immigrant with a prior criminal record, who had been released from ICE custody in 2012, reportedly killed an Arizona police officer, Daryl Raetz, in a hit-and-run.”
McCain said Cabrera-Molina faced charges for a DUI in 2009 and in 2012 for supplying liquor to a minor.
Cabrera-Molina had been deported to Mexico in 2011 but re-entered the U.S. in 2012, according to McCain. He was reportedly put in ICE custody but released after he posted bond.
McCain posed several questions to Napolitano and asked for all ICE documentation on Cabrera-Molina’s criminal history.
Officer Raetz was a six-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department and leaves behind a wife and young daughter.
A funeral for Raetz will be held Saturday morning.
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