Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made the case in a letter Wednesday that the "lax immigration policies" of the Obama administration led to the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a suburban Maryland high school bathroom by two Central American illegal immigrants.
Goodlatte's letter was sent to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, the Washington Examiner reports.
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"Once again, we have an example of how the Obama administration's lax immigration enforcement policies resulted in a life being seriously harmed–in this case, the life of an innocent 14 year-old-girl who was simply attending school," Goodlatte wrote. "There is no doubt that such heinous crimes by illegal immigrants who were encountered by the Obama administration, not removed by the Obama administration, and instead actually set free in American communities by the Obama administration, will continue to occur until sufficient enforcement has occurred."
Parents of students at Rockville High School are furious with the school's administration for allowing Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, to attend the school as freshmen.
Both of the illegal immigrants had been apprehended in 2016, according to the Washington Post.
Montano, who is from El Salvador, was apprehended in April 2016, five months after his 16th birthday. Sanchez Milian, from Guatemala, was caught in August of that year, days before he turned 18.
Border Patrol officials stopped both teens near McAllen, Tex., and detained them for less than the legal limit of 72 hours, then handed them over to HHS’s Office for Refugee Resettlement, according to a federal official with direct knowledge of the case.