Governor Calls For Probe Into Immigration Release

Governor Dan McKee has requested the head of Rhode Island's State Police to investigate why a man charged with felony child molestation was released, despite being wanted by federal immigration authorities.

The suspect, identified as Manuel Garcia Dela Cruz is a Guatemalan national who was arrested in March 2022, but released on bail despite a notice from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

State Attorney General Peter Neronha responded that prosecutors tried to hold Dela Cruz, and blamed a district court judge for letting him go.

Dela Cruz, who is 38, was arrested again earlier this month and will face a hearing Friday.

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