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Illegal Immigrant Arrested for Beating Homeless Men to Death Was Deported Six Times, Released by Obama

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On Monday, police arrested Ramon Alberto-Escobar, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who has been deported six times, for seven attacks on homeless people in California. Three of the victims allegedly beaten by Alberto-Escobar have died. On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement noting that the Obama administration had released him.

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a detainer against unlawfully present Salvadoran national Ramon Alberto-Escobar following his arrest Sept. 24 in Los Angeles for murder," Paige Hughes, an ICE spokesman, declared in a statement.

Hughes noted that "Alberto-Escobar was ordered removed from the U.S. by a federal immigration judge in February 1988 and has been removed to El Salvador six times between 1997 and 2011. Alberto-Escobar also has six felony convictions for burglary and illegal reentry."

Yet ICE released this illegal immigrant in the very last days of the Obama administration.

"After illegally reentering the U.S. following his most-recent removal Alberto-Escobar filed an appeal of his immigration case with the Board of Immigration Appeals in June 2016, which the courts granted in December 2016," Hughes added. "ICE released him from custody on an Order of Supervision in January 2017 pursuant to the court’s decision."

On Tuesday, CBS Local reported that the 47-year-old illegal immigrant, Alberto-Escobar, had been linked to a total of seven assaults in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Two victims in Los Angeles and one in Santa Monica have died.

Police said they had recovered a wooden baseball bat and a pair of bolt cutters from Alberto-Escobar's car that are believed to have been used in the attacks.