As Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said, “When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.”
In other words, sanctuary municipalities are choosing non-existent rights of illegal aliens over the safety of their legal residents.
And ICE is getting sick of it. As are so many others.
When an illegal alien is arrested, ICE responds by sending a request to the jail where the criminal is held, asking them to notify ICE if the criminal is to be released. ICE requests enough notice to be able to respond to the jail and take custody of the criminal before his release.
This allows ICE to ensure the criminal stays off our streets, and also allows ICE to deport them if possible.
But many counties choose to not honor the detention requests and instead allow the illegal alien criminals their liberation and leaving them free to continue committing crimes in our country.
Most recently, ICE has spoken out against Cook County, Illinois, who is one of many counties ignoring ICE’s detainer request to hold criminals for deportation. Cook County includes the City of Chicago.
It was announced Friday that in 2019, over 1,000 criminals who are in the US unlawfully have been released in Cook County alone.
Among those approximate 1,070 free criminal aliens, there have been some very serious cases reported.
Of note, Nicaraguan, Mexican, and Jordanian immigrants have been arrested for crimes such as domestic violence, aggravated domestic battery, strangulation and recklessly discharging a firearm.
Additionally, a South African native was accused of indecent exposure. While that sounds much less serious than the crimes listed above, it’s the type of crime that pedophiles and sexual predators start out with, testing the waters, preparing to escalate into more violent crimes like sexual assault or even rape.
There is a high likelihood that there have been many other illegals released or about to be released that ICE doesn’t even know about, due to the fact that the agency is denied access to the police database.
An ICE official, Henry Lucero, said, “Because ICE does not have access to standard Illinois law enforcement databases, it’s difficult to accurately account for all the aliens who have been arrested, released and committed additional crimes. However, with the limited information ICE can verify, we know that police resources are being wasted, more people are being victimized, and it’s a matter of time until something more significant happens.”
All of those crimes mentioned had the potential to either be avoided, or to be utilized to prevent future crime by the individual.
Lucero further said, “The most concerning issue about working in an area that refuses to cooperate with ICE is not only that we do not know which criminal aliens are being released from custody, but the public doesn’t know either.”
The recidivism of the criminals shows that had the jail contacted ICE as they requested, many future crimes against American citizens would never have occurred. Similarly, if ICE had been able to use the aliens’ crimes to deport them back to their own countries, said aliens wouldn’t be wandering free in our country ready to victimize other citizens.
But Cook County couldn’t care less about that.
In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened Cook County’s Chicago, along with several other sanctuary cities, saying he would pull federal funding from the municipalities if they didn’t abolish their sanctuary status. These cities included New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Milwaukee, and New York City.
Take a guess as to how many of those cities heeded the warning.
ICE is having no effect on the status of the cities. The Attorney General is having no effect on their statuses. So, moms of children slain by illegal aliens are trying.
In California, Shauna White’s 19-year-old daughter, Madisyn, was murdered last month by an illegal immigrant in the City of Oakland.
Shauna blames the sanctuary policies of Oakland for her daughter’s death.
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Shauna appeared on Fox News and was asked about Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff. She said, “I feel that she has no concern for the citizens that are already here, who have been born and raised here for generations.”
Schaff is hardly the first so-called leader of the Bay Area city to care more about illegals than their own citizens. Her predecessor, former mayor Jean Quan, was too busy making music videos with drug dealers, standing on the front lines with rioters during protests, and laying off 80 officers from the city’s already depleted police department to care about civilians being criminalized by illegal aliens.
In 2018, Schaff posted a warning that ICE was “preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland,” warning illegal immigrants, including serious criminals, to hide during the operation.
Madisyn White was brutally murdered on the streets of Oakland by 19-year-old Roberto Martinez who was living illegally in Hayward, CA.
Shauna described the incident as road rage. “When [Madisyn] got out of the car to take care of it with the insurance, [Martinez] became aggressive,” Shauna said. “He’s well known over there to rob people. … When she didn’t have anything else to offer him, he attacked her. He punched her in her face and continued to hit her.”
Madisyn returned to her car to try to photograph the aggressive alien’s license plate. Martinez then shot Madisyn, killing her.
“He let out 10 rounds on my daughter. He killed her,” Shauna said. “He just, he killed her.”
Schaff reportedly refused to release a photo of the suspect because of the vast rights illegal immigrants are afforded in the city, which by far surpass those of legal residents. It’s been speculated that Martinez has since fled to Mexico.
This is just one example of crimes ranging in severity, up to and including murder, taking place by criminals unlawfully in the US, which could have been avoided.
These immigrant sanctuary municipalities are unconstitutional. They’re irrational. They’re getting Americans killed. And they need to stop.