Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Tennessee Sen. Blackburn Probes ICE’s Failure To Name Illegal Immigrant On ‘Most Wanted’ List

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

In a development that has raised alarms among lawmakers and the public, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has taken a firm stance against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s failure to maintain a comprehensive “Most Wanted” list of dangerous fugitive immigrants.

This oversight has allowed a Mexican national charged with a slew of serious crimes, including vehicular homicide and child abuse, to evade the public spotlight and potentially continue posing a threat to US public safety.

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Blackburn sent a letter to the acting director of ICE, Patrick Lechleitner, demanding answers and accountability regarding the agency’s handling of the case of Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya. Mogollon-Anaya, a Mexican national, was charged in 2017 with a litany of offenses, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, and violation of probation.

These charges stemmed from a devastating crash that resulted in the death of a Washington County, Tennessee, resident.

In 2019, Mogollon-Anaya was placed on the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office’s “Most Wanted” fugitives list, a designation that typically carries significant weight and public attention.

However, the VOICE Office was replaced in 2021, and since then, there has been no record of ICE maintaining a “Most Wanted” fugitive list, effectively shielding Mogollon-Anaya from the public eye and potentially hindering the pursuit of justice in his case.

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“In yet another example of the Biden administration’s failure to rein in its destructive policies shielding illegal aliens from arrest and deportation, ICE has not publicly listed Mr. Mogollon-Anaya on its Most Wanted list, despite no major developments in his case since his addition to the VOICE Most Wanted fugitives list in 2019,” said Blackburn.

“These changes were implemented without a press release or public notice justifying the downgrade of Mr. Mogollon-Anaya from ‘Most Wanted’ status. Failure to maintain the notoriety of these fugitives is both irresponsible and dangerous, as it removes momentum from the pursuit of justice in Mr. Mogollon-Anaya’s case and removes barriers to ensuring these heinous acts are not committed again in the future,” Blackburn continued.

Effective immigration enforcement requires a multifaceted approach that includes robust mechanisms for identifying, tracking, and apprehending dangerous fugitive immigrants.

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The discontinuation of the “Most Wanted” fugitive list, as evidenced in the Mogollon-Anaya case, represents a concerning gap in this framework.

Restoring and strengthening this critical tool can enhance public awareness, aid in the pursuit of justice, and serve as a deterrent against future criminal acts by those who have evaded the law.

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