‘Efforts by local NYC politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement…’
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation in New York State resulted in the arrests of more than 60 individuals who had previously been released from law enforcement on an active detainer, according to a news release from the agency.
The recent ICE activity, carried out by the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lasted during a 6-day period, ending April 14th.
New York City was the site of many of the arrests. Other areas that saw activity included Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
The failure to respect ICE’s detainer requests is a recent trend, a result of “sanctuary” policies that have cropped up in blue, liberal cities.
ICE requests detainers on individuals who have been arrested locally and are suspected of being subject to deportation.
When these requests are not honored, criminal aliens are then released into local communities, making it more difficult for ICE to carry out its duties.
In total, 225 were arrested for violating U.S. immigration laws during “Operation Keep Safe.”
Of these 225, more than 180 either were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending.
The arrests included those with felony convictions for assault, weapons charges, and child sex crimes.
The sanctuary city policies have forced ICE to conduct mass arrests in local neighborhoods and in the workplace.
In the past, ICE would mostly make arrests at jails and in prisons where transfers were safer for both ICE and the wider community.
The agency strongly criticized the sanctuary policies that have been enacted in New York City.
“Ultimately, efforts by local NYC politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” said the release.
While ICE focuses its efforts on individuals who threaten national security, border security, and public safety, the agency no longer exempts classes of criminal aliens from enforcement.
That means anyone in violation of the country’s immigration laws are subjected to arrest, detention, and deportation.
The release stated that some of the arrested individuals will face federal prosecution for entering the country illegally.
Those not facing federal prosecution will be administratively processed for removal from the United States.
In addition, those who have outstanding deportation orders who have returned to the country after being deported are subject to immediate removal.
Those individuals not in the above categories are now in the custody of ICE and are awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge.
While sanctuary city policies have made it more difficult for ICE to enforce federal immigration law, the agency says they are not backing down.
“Despite the severe challenges that local policies have created for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators,” the release continued. “ICE seeks straightforward cooperation with all local law enforcement and elected officials.”