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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.

Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, an 18-year-old immigrant from Peru, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa from Peru, is facing deportation and remains in custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez's immigration case.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for further details.

Menendez, D-N.J., who advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies, was re-elected in November with 58 percent of the vote. Congressional staffers who work for Menendez were notified about Sanchez's case shortly after the arrest. Sanchez told ICE agents that he worked on immigration issues for the senator. A spokesman for Menendez said she was looking into the matter.

Online jail records did not indicate whether Sanchez has an attorney. Immigration officials there were relaying a request from the AP to speak with Sanchez in jail.

The prosecutor's office in Hudson County, N.J., said Sanchez was found to have violated the law in 2010 and subsequently required to register as a sex offender. The exact charge was unclear because Sanchez was prosecuted as a juvenile and those court records are not publicly accessible. The prosecutor's office confirmed to AP that Sanchez registered as a sex offender, although his name does not appear on the public registry.

Authorities in Hudson County notified ICE agents in early October that they suspected Sanchez was an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender and who may be eligible to be deported. ICE agents in New Jersey notified superiors at the Homeland Security Department because they considered it a potentially high profile arrest, and DHS instructed them not to arrest Sanchez until after the November election, one U.S. official told the AP. ICE officials complained that the delay was inappropriate, but DHS directed them several times not to act, the official said.

It was not immediately clear why federal immigration authorities would not have been notified sooner about Sanchez's status.

During discussions about when and where to arrest Sanchez, the U.S. reviewed Sanchez's application for permission to stay in the country as part of President Barack Obama's policy to allow up to 1.7 million young illegal immigrants avoid deportation and get permission to work for up to two years. As a sex offender, he would not have been eligible. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, notified Sanchez of that shortly before his arrest, one official said.

During the final weeks of President George W. Bush's administration, ICE was criticized for delaying the arrest of President Barack Obama's aunt, who had ignored an immigration judge's order to leave the country several years earlier after her asylum claim was denied. She subsequently won the right to stay in the United States after an earlier deportation order, and there was no evidence of involvement by the White House.

In that case, the Homeland Security Department had imposed an unusual directive days before the 2008 election requiring high-level approval before federal agents nationwide could arrest fugitive immigrants including Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama's late father. The directive from ICE expressed concerns about "negative media or congressional interest," according to a copy of that directive obtained by AP. The department lifted the immigration order weeks later.

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Illegal immigrant AND a sex offender... Not only that, but DHS protected Menendez's reputation until after the election. Yeah, nothing wrong going here...
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Illegal immigrant AND a sex offender... Not only that, but DHS protected Menendez's reputation until after the election. Yeah, nothing wrong going here...
Why are being such a racist?...
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Here are some facts as stated by the Senator in an interview a couple of hours ago. First the guy was a minor and an intern sent by a collage to serve in a none paying job. They get a general background from the collage which him being a minor would not include any kind of criminal charges regardless. The Senator was even aware of this kid till Monday and had never meet him as he evidently worked at his state office and not in Washington. All government officials use this type of system to get internes that are interested in possibly government service in their futures and rarely are even aware of them on any personal level in most cases.
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Here are some facts as stated by the Senator in an interview a couple of hours ago. First the guy was a minor and an intern sent by a collage to serve in a none paying job. They get a general background from the collage which him being a minor would not include any kind of criminal charges regardless. The Senator was even aware of this kid till Monday and had never meet him as he evidently worked at his state office and not in Washington. All government officials use this type of system to get internes that are interested in possibly government service in their futures and rarely are even aware of them on any personal level in most cases.
Yippity-skippity!! So the Sentor and his staff didn't know who was working for them, so they are free from any blame. Fine.

Now then, how about the IMPORTANT part of the story. The part where DHS obstructed this case until after the election. Any comment on THAT?
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Yippity-skippity!! So the Sentor and his staff didn't know who was working for them, so they are free from any blame. Fine.

Now then, how about the IMPORTANT part of the story. The part where DHS obstructed this case until after the election. Any comment on THAT?
As he stated he wasn't aware of the case till Monday 12/10/12 and the person was sent with others from a local collage. Their job duties was answer phones, doing mailings etc and it gives the interns a chance to listen to other government figures speak at seminars.

Now as to why it was reported by DHS I have no clue except perhaps to not put it up for what you are wanting to do make a big deal out of a nothing case against a Senator. Perhaps it is wrong but you want to hear this stuff on a 24 hour loop, oh wait the Senator is a democrat of course you would as you truly live up to your handle.
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As he stated he wasn't aware of the case till Monday 12/10/12 and the person was sent with others from a local collage. Their job duties was answer phones, doing mailings etc and it gives the interns a chance to listen to other government figures speak at seminars.

Now as to why it was reported by DHS I have no clue except perhaps to not put it up for what you are wanting to do make a big deal out of a nothing case against a Senator. Perhaps it is wrong but you want to hear this stuff on a 24 hour loop, oh wait the Senator is a democrat of course you would as you truly live up to your handle.
So you don't care that the DHA suppressed this case until after the election?? Is that what I'm hearing?? Do you think that it was OK for DHA to suppress this case as it did? Leave out the partisanship and try to look at this objectively. We have a person who is not only an illegal immigrant, but a sex offender as well having access to some pretty high level stuff (as pretty much all congressional interns do) and DHS thinks that it's OK to not get this handled ASAP.
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So you don't care that the DHA suppressed this case until after the election?? Is that what I'm hearing?? Do you think that it was OK for DHA to suppress this case as it did? Leave out the partisanship and try to look at this objectively. We have a person who is not only an illegal immigrant, but a sex offender as well having access to some pretty high level stuff (as pretty much all congressional interns do) and DHS thinks that it's OK to not get this handled ASAP.
Nope have no problem with it at all. Like regardless of the party in power doesn't do the same things and always have. Fact is partner if you buy everything out of any party then I have a bridge and swamp land to sell you.

Please do some research on how most of these people and the laws pertaining to a minor are in this nation regardless of who lets them work as an intern. These people are hired solely on the fact they are sent to work by a collage nothing more. He could of easily been sent to work for a Republican as easily as a Democrat as this is about a minor sent by a collage nothing more. Oh and if you don't know juvenile records are sealed even for law enforcement in some cases and surly from employers.
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Nope have no problem with it at all. Like regardless of the party in power doesn't do the same things and always have. Fact is partner if you buy everything out of any party then I have a bridge and swamp land to sell you.

Please do some research on how most of these people and the laws pertaining to a minor are in this nation regardless of who lets them work as an intern. These people are hired solely on the fact they are sent to work by a collage nothing more. He could of easily been sent to work for a Republican as easily as a Democrat as this is about a minor sent by a collage nothing more. Oh and if you don't know juvenile records are sealed even for law enforcement in some cases and surly from employers.
So a gov't agency suppresses the enforcement of a law until after an election in a case which might impact that election and you're OK with that. That's sad.
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UPDATE -

ICE agents complained that the Obama Administration intervened and had the arrest of Democrat Senator Menendez's intern delayed until after the election...

Of course, the DHS said it was a bunch of lies and how dare anyone say an ill will against this administration...

One month later?...CONFIRMED...The Obama Administration DID delay the arrest...

For Obama supporters, this falls under the category of "allowable"...

Obama Administration Ordered Immigration Agents to Wait Until After Election to Arrest Senator Menendez’s Intern

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Newly released documents show that federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an undocumented immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections.

However according to the internal agency documents, the agents were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations since the suspect was a volunteer intern for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez.

Luis Abrahan Sánchez Zavaleta was an immigrant from Peru who had overstayed a visitor visa that allowed him to enter the United States. He eventually was arrested at his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6. He has since been released from an immigration jail and is facing deportation. Sanchez has declined to speak to the AP.

When The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of last month, Sanchez, 18, the Homeland Security Department said AP’s report was “categorically false.”

After the AP story, which cited an unnamed U.S. official involved in the case, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and six other Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Obama administration for details about the incident.

According to those documents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Newark had arranged to arrest Sanchez at the local prosecutor’s office on Oct. 25. That was fewer than two weeks before the election.

Noting that Sanchez was a volunteer in Menendez’s Senate office, ICE officials in New Jersey advised that the arrest “had the possibility of garnering significant congressional and media interest” and were “advised to postpone the arrest” until officials in Washington gave approval. The documents describe a conference call between officials Washington and New Jersey to “determine a way forward, given the potential sensitivities surrounding the case.”
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