The background to the Vasquez matter is that after he was initially deported in 2009, Vasquez made his way back into the country in 2014. The City of Philadelphia—a self-declared sanctuary city—later arrested Vasquez, but did not comply with an ICE detainer put on Vasquez and he was ultimately released into the city after unrelated criminal charges were dropped.
In 2015, following his release and the failure by Philadelphia to cooperate with the ICE detainer, Vasquez raped a child, who also happened to be a family member, a crime for which he was later apprehended and convicted.
Still, as the matter was well known, earlier this summer, Pennsylvania Democratic Lt. Governor nominee John Fetterman called cities like Philadelphia “a rightful sanctuary for a lot of these immigrants.”