Immigration and Custom Enforcement ensures public safety and national security and its officers are welcomed and recognized in our cities. The enforcement of immigration law is a highly complex subject with many federal and local agencies working together without issue. Their roles of immigration enforcement and investigations are not clearly understood by many elected officials and the public. Unfortunately, because of this, ICE has become unjustly demonized in highly partisan politics. The cities must help their residents and business community understand the truth.
We encourage all mayors and local leaders to reach out to ICE and invite them to your city to educate your community on the Homeland Security mission and discuss integration with your police and county sheriff’s department. They provide a true perspective of the negative impacts that state sanctuary laws are forcing on local municipalities.
ICE has consistently prioritized and apprehended unlawfully present aliens within cities that have been arrested for committing a crime. Department of Homeland Security statistics show that over 92 percent of removals were convicted of a crime. Their criminal actions raise their priority and make their whereabouts known to law enforcement. Once in custody, they are required to be brought to court and appear in front of an immigration judge from the Department of Justice, not ICE. This judge determines the need for immigration relief or removal.
The California Sanctuary Law has forced ICE to execute its mission in the streets rather than in local and county jails. When ICE executes a warrant at a residence it can result in other non-criminal unlawfully present aliens being detained and served. This is known as a collateral arrest. It’s another consequence attributed to the terrible sanctuary laws in states like California, Illinois and Massachusetts. In Texas and Arizona there is less sanctuary law and more ICE partnership with local law enforcement, which reduces the footprint of ICE and offenders being released into the community. This is much safer for our cities and neighborhoods.
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