Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), answering questions from a television reporter after touring a police station in Annapolis, commented about the case, which involved a 14-year-old victim.
According to an audiotape provided by the governor’s spokeswoman, Hogan blamed the Obama administration for the presence of the two suspects in the United States.
“It appears as if this was part of the Obama unaccompanied minor kind of amnesty program where they allowed these kids to come in,” he said. “They sent them to Montgomery County with no one being provided information.”
More than 150,000 unaccompanied minors from Mexico and Central America have crossed the border illegally over the past three years. But those who arrived during that period do not qualify for the deferred-deportation relief that President Barack Obama provided to minors who arrived in the country by 2007, or tried unsuccessfully to provide to those who arrived by 2010.
One of the two rape suspects, Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, was caught by a Border Patrol agent in Texas seven months ago and was issued a notice to appear before a federal judge. Federal officials have declined to comment on whether they have requested a detainer for the other suspect, Jose O. Montano, saying they could not discuss his case because he is a juvenile, even though he is charged as an adult. According to court records, Montano was born in El Salvador, lived there for 16 years and also arrived in Montgomery County last year.
Hogan also lashed out at the school system for educating the two suspects, apparently disgusted that the federal law requires it.