WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Tuesday pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson for information about a criminal immigrant previously deported at least five times who is currently illegally present in the United States and reportedly responsible for nearly a dozen sexual assaults.
Nicodemo Coria-Gonzales is charged with six felony offenses, including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated kidnapping. According to news reports, Coria-Gonzales was arrested after allegedly kidnapping a woman and attempting to light her on fire using gasoline. Additionally, Coria-Gonzales allegedly kidnapped and raped a 68-year old woman. Federal immigration authorities report that Coria-Gonzales was previously convicted of criminal charges, including three charges of driving while intoxicated. Police say that Coria-Gonzales has confessed to several of the crimes and media reports indicate that he has admitted that he beat the victims out of anger.
In the chairmen’s letter to Secretary Johnson, they demand his department explain how such a dangerous criminal could be allowed to continually reenter the United States illegally and continue his criminal conduct without intervention by federal immigration authorities. They request that DHS provide his immigration and criminal history to learn about how he illegally entered the U.S. multiple times.