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Kasich on Illegal Held in Ohio Crime Spree: 'Secure the Border'

Kasich on Illegal Held in Ohio Crime Spree: 'Secure the Border'

By    |   Friday, 31 July 2015 11:33 AM

An illegal immigrant being held in Ohio following a deadly crime spree points to the need for immigration reform, Gov. John Kasich, also a GOP presidential candidate, said Friday.

"It's a terrible, terrible story," Kasich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "It all gets back to the fact that we've been so dysfunctional in Washington that we can't get the border fixed."

Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, who reportedly entered the country illegally from Mexico about five years ago, was arrested at his Painesville, Ohio, home Monday following the shooting death of a 60-year-old woman, the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl, and the shooting a 40-year-old woman near a bike trail, where she was with her two 12-year-old children, reports The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Razo is being held under $10 million bond in the Lake County Jail, and a sheriff's department spokesman told a court hearing for Razo on Tuesday that during a July 7 traffic stop, sheriffs found that Razo was in the country illegally.

However, Lake County Sheriff's Detective Brian Butler told the court said that when deputies contacted border patrol agents, they were told by the agents not to detain Razo, despite his illegal status. Razo has no local criminal history, the sheriff's department has said, and investigators have not revealed a motive for the crimes attributed to him.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jaime Ruiz said the agency is "looking at the facts of the case to find out exactly what happened." Meanwhile Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said ICE "intends to take custody of [Razo] and pursue his removal from the United States."

According to reports, the crime spree started Monday when a 14-year-old claimed Razo tried to rape her at about 10:40 a.m. in a public park. As officers were searching for Razo, Lake Metroparks rangers were called to a shooting near the Greenway Corridor-area bike path, where the woman was found with a gunshot wound to her arm.

And while investigators widened their search, a man flagged down deputies and said he'd found his wife shot to death in their home, located near the bike path.

By about 4:30 p.m., the newspaper reports, a man called 911 to report a man, later found to be Razo, was in his backyard pointing a rifle at his son.

Razo initially fired at deputies when they found him, but he eventually surrendered.

Meanwhile, Painesville, where the attacks occurred, is aggressively fighting back against online websites that claim the city is a "sanctuary city" where Lazo would have found protection against federal deportation orders, reports The Plain Dealer. 

Such cities are under fire following the shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco on July 1 by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times, but Painesville City Manager Anthony Carson said his city — unlike San Francisco — has never offered sanctuary for immigrants.

The city issued a statement on its website Wednesday that points to a resolution passed in 2008 to cooperate with and enforce U.S. immigration laws. It also posted similar notices on its city and police department pages on Facebook.

Further, city employees have been contacting websites naming Painesville as a sanctuary city and asking that their errors be fixed.

An advocate at HOLA Ohio, a grassroots Hispanic organization, said Razo's father actually applied for U.S. citizenship for his son more than a decade ago, and Razo has been waiting for a green card for 12 years.

On Friday, the governor placed the blame on immigration officials, not the sheriff's department or Painesville, for not detaining Razo after the July 7 traffic stop.

"He was detained, not arrested, as a suspicious person," said Kasich. "When they called, the Border Patrol should have high-tailed over there to deal with the situation."

A large part of the problem, Kasich said, is that "we have an open border. We still don't know everybody who's here. What we have is an inability of Congress to get together with the president and actually do something to secure the border."

In other issues, Kasich, who only officially entered the presidential race on July 21, hopes to be among the top 10 people to take the stage at the first Fox News debate on Aug. 6, which will be held in his home state, in Cleveland.

And if he is, he does not plan to go on attack mode against Donald Trump or anybody else.

"I'm not targeting anybody," he said. "I need to let people know ... who I'm for and who I am. Frankly, it gets boring, doesn't it?"

Kasich also railed against Washington's dysfunction and the fights that have been going on between parties and internally among Republicans.

"You know, we've got to be grown-ups this business and not have temper tantrums," said Kasich. "I think when we fight internally and fight between the parties it's hard to protect border, fix entitlements, rebuild the military. Everybody gets frustrated and had strong views.

"I respect that, but at the end of the day, no one can have it all their way. Life doesn't work that way. We shouldn't think it should work that way in politics."

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