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ICE: Suspect in Vanessa Pham Murder is in U.S. Illegally

Immigration officials put a detainer on the suspect linked to Vanessa Pham's murder

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday the man accused of murdering 19-year-old Vanessa Pham is in violation of immigration law.

ICE placed a detainer on suspect Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia, 27, on Thursday, the day he was arrested and charged with Pham's 2010 murder. They released the following statement on Friday:

"On Dec. 13, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, which consists of U.S. Marshals deputies and inspectors, Fairfax County Police detectives and sheriff's deputies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, DC Fugitive Operations Unit officers arrested Julio Blanco-Garcia, a citizen and national of Guatemala, in Vienna, Va. on a homicide warrant issued out of Fairfax County, Va. ERO officers placed a detainer on Julio Blanco-Garcia after it was determined that he was in violation of U.S. immigration law."

The detainer requires Fairfax County Police to notify ICE before releasing Blanco-Garcia. ICE will then investigate whether he fits the requirements to be removed from the country.

Blanco-Garcia will complete his criminal trial before ICE takes any action, Nicole Navas, ICE public affairs spokesperson said.

The suspect's attorney review is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. Dec. 21. The preliminary trial is set to begin in February. 

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Lisbet December 15, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Wasn't he arrested at a Bukont worksite? I hope whoever employed this person is held responsible.
LeRoy Flanders Hughes December 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM
ICE will not be investigating his employer or the job site, that I guarantee. I know this because driving by Home Depot and 7-11, I see them out there and ICE has never stopped to ask for paperwork. There are 20 people loitering on a sidewalk outside a store and the police ignore them. And the same citizens that say we should deport them or lock our borders are certainly eager to go over and pick up a few when they want cheap labor. I only have one question, though? Does Vanessa Pham's family believe this guy's labor is cheap?
keith mahone December 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Yes, a few people will be killed here and there. But think of all the profits to be made when you, as a purchaser (not a seller) of labor, no longer have to negotiate with your own countrymen and women and pay the going rate, according to the laws of supply and demand - as informed by working national borders. Vannessa, you were sacrificed on the altar of higher profits by people who are currently holding a reverse auction on citizenship. Vanessa, your fate was sealed by the Chamber of Commerce before your killer ever laid eyes on you. Vanessa, you will be joined by many other victims of the open-borders POLICY that is set in place, not by accident, but on purpose by a fraternity of psychopaths who never get blood on their own hands, but spill torrents of it with their selfish machinations. Your death means nothing to them. They butter their bread with the ruined lives of their fellow Americans.

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