Germantown, MD – An illegal alien wanted for blowing off an immigration court date was approved to go on a ride-along with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD).
The unnamed illegal alien submitted an application to shadow a MCPD officer back on Nov. 13, 2019, WJLA reported.
He noted on the form that he wanted “to know a little about the responsibilities and dangers of an officer,” according to the news outlet.
In considering his application, the MCPD ran a background check on the man, which is standard procedure when considering ride-along requests.
Police soon discovered that the man had an active warrant out for his arrest for failing to show up at immigration court.
According to MCPD policy, ride-along applications must be forwarded to the district or unit commander for review any time a background check reveals that the applicant has a criminal history.
The commander will ultimately decide whether to deny or approve the application.
If approved, the commander must notify the officer who is being shadowed that the ride-along has a criminal history.
According to WJLA, the illegal alien had also participated in the MCPD’s Hispanic Community Academy, which aims to build relationships between the Latino community and police.
The 12-week course is taught in Spanish.
The illegal alien told the news outlet that he is a church chaplain and has a wife and children.
The completed background check was handed off to MCPD 5th District Commander Mark Plazinski on Dec. 8, along with a handwritten note.
“Lt. [this man] is part of Spanish speaking Citz Academy. He (has crim history) is 10-60 FTA for immigration deportation,” the message read.
Commander Plazinski approved the illegal alien’s ride-along request anyway.
During a press conference in August of 2019, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, a Democrat, announced that he does not consider immigration issues to be criminal.
“This is not the role of the county government, per se, to be involved in doing this,” Elrich said at the time, according to WJLA.
“People have referred to us as a sanctuary city,” he told the news outlet.
Despite being granted approval for a ride-along, which was set to take place on Feb. 1, the scheduled meet-up fell through.
“Somebody called me and told me they were not able,” the illegal immigrant told WJLA on Monday. “I told him, ‘If there’s a problem, no problem. That’s no problem.’ It would have been a good experience, but it’s nothing I have to do.”
The identity of the person alleged to have contacted the man has not been released.
MCPD sources said that the request was a first for the department.
“It’s great that this man trusts the police. That’s exactly what we want,” one veteran MCPD officer told WJLA. “At the same time, however, it’s not a good look for the department to be shuttling around people who are wanted by federal authorities.”