Illegal alien who inspired Massachusetts 'sanctuary' arrested for robbery

Sreynuon Lunn - Suffolk County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(Sreynuon Lunn - Suffolk County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

The illegal alien whose case paved the way for Massachusetts to become a "sanctuary" state is in jail again.

Sreynuon Lunn robbed a wheelchair-bound woman in the middle of the day, slapping her and stealing $2,000 that she had just taken out of the bank.

Lunn was free to roam the streets of Boston because his home country wouldn't take him back, leaving immigration officers with no choice but to release him under a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Can you believe that?

His case made headlines over summer when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that state and local authorities could no longer hold immigrants for pickup by ICE.

ICE is now thinking about trying to deport Lunn again, even as he faces local charges from the robbery.

Jessica Vaughn, Policy Studies Director at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Times:

“The first, obvious problem is that Lunn is here at all. He should be removed to either Cambodia or Thailand, but apparently neither country will take him."

The 65-year-old woman who was robbed told police that Lunn and a female accomplice wheeled her away from the bank where she had just withdrawn $2,000.

As he robbed her, she told Lunn to stop. Lunn responded with an expletive, slapped her in the face, and took off.

The woman's son witnessed the assault.

Lunn told the police that he robbed her because he was detoxing and needed the money for drugs. He blamed his female companion, Tiffany Bovio, for the robbery idea.

Vaughn added to the Washington Times:

“This case illustrates exactly why Congress needs to pass legislation that clarifies that state and local law enforcement agencies may and should honor ICE detainers and warrants. We’ve seen enough examples of released criminal aliens who go on to harm more people. Enough already.”

Click here to read more at the Washington Times.

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