White House press secretary Sean Spicer landed Maryland in the middle of the nation’s emotionally charged debate over immigration policy, decrying the rape of a high school student in Rockville, a suburb of Washington, D.C., allegedly by two undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post reports. Spicer urged state and local officials to reexamine laws and procedures to reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening again. “I think [Rockville] should look at its policies, and I think that this is something authorities are going to have to look at,” Spicer said.
Spicer called the rape of the 14-year-old girl in a boys bathroom last week “shocking, disturbing, horrific and whatever other words that someone can think of.” He characterized the victim as an immigrant who had come to this country legally. Officials said she had no immigrant status of any kind. The two suspects, Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, who was charged as an adult, are being held without bail. Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jack Smith told reporters that both suspects had been in a special program for non-English speakers at the high school. Smith pushed back hard against questions about whether the rape case should affect local efforts to comply with federal law, which guarantees a free public education to any child living in the U.S., regardless of citizenship status.