A suspected illegal alien, Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, 36, is being held without bail for first degree murder after the discovery of a mangled woman. The woman was still unidentified as her body had been dragged behind a vehicle for over a mile.
The tragedy to all of this is that Jose Luis Rubi-Nava was arrested in April on a traffic violation. However there is currently no Federal law in place to allow local law enforcement to question an arrestees immigration status.
The battered, disfigured body was discovered early Monday along a subdivision road north of Castle Rock, about 20 miles south of Denver. Preliminary autopsy results found that the woman suffered fatal head injuries and was strangled as she was dragged.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they believe Rubi-Nava is an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
Denver police confirmed Thursday they arrested Rubi-Nava on a traffic charge in April but released him.
Police spokeswoman Virginia Quinones said the arresting officer suspected Rubi-Nava's identification may have been forged, but she said the department was not responsible for verifying a suspects immigration status, and a new Colorado law directing police to cooperate with federal immigration officers was not yet in force.
If ever there was a reason to allow state and local law enforcement to determine someone immigration status, if suspected, this is it. Law enforcement that can't enforce the law, unbelievable. *shakes head*
The House today passed a bill that would allow state and local law enforcement to aid in enforcing Federal immigration law. We'll see if the Senate passes it and the President signs it. If they don't, then this woman's blood is on their hands.