Bobby's staff thought the guy was cute, so they forgot about a background check.
Authorities in Hudson County notified ICE agents in early October that they suspected Sánchez was an undocumented immigrant who was a registered sex offender and who may be eligible to be deported.
ICE agents in New Jersey notified superiors at the Homeland Security Department because they considered it a potentially high profile arrest, and DHS instructed them not to arrest Sánchez until after the November election, one U.S. official told the AP.
ICE officials complained that the delay was inappropriate, but DHS directed them several times not to act, the official said.
Mendendez said since the man wasn't a paid employee, they accepted his word on being here legally.