Unpaid intern working for Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was arrested by immigration authorities on December 6. The intern, 18-year-old Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, is an illegal immigrant. He is also a registered sex offender.
The AP also reports that Department of Homeland Security instructed immigration officials to not arrest Zavaleta until after the general election on Nov 6, though DHS officials deny this.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents learned of Zavaleta's status in early October and subsequently notified the DHS.
Menendez said he was unaware of Zavaleta's status until today, though his office learned of the young Peruvian's detainment on Monday. Menendez, an avid immigration reformer, said the instance highlights the importance of comprehensive immigration reform on MSNBC. Specifically, Menendez said such reform could bring immigrants out of the shadows and put them through criminal background checks.
Zavaleta is currently in custody and facing deportation.
Via the Associated Press.