Las Vegas just announced that after years of cooperating with federal officials to enforce the law, they’re not longer going to do so.
LAS VEGAS, Nv. – The shocking confirmation that Vegas plans on becoming the next ‘sanctuary’ city came from Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo on Wednesday.
The city’s local law enforcement agency plans to end their 287(g) agreement with the Department of Homeland Security and will no longer alert immigration authorities if they have a suspect in custody.
And critics are saying that the decision may have stemmed from political pressures forced down by the ACLU.
Lombardo ultimately blamed the decision on the ruling made by the Central District of California, in which a federal judge said that states like Nevada with no particular policies on immigration do not have the authority to hold non-citizens for immigration violations, according to a report from Breitbart.
So essentially that means that because there’s not a specific law on how to handle the violation of a federal law, police should just turn a blind eye.
The American Civil Liberties Union condemned the Nevada city for honoring ICE detainers that had been placed on criminal non-citizens. They said that what Las Vegas authorities were doing was violating the law.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 23, 2019
Breitbart reported that approximately 1 in 14 inmates in Nevada jails are in the country illegally. They additionally said that the state housed approximately 1,000 criminal inmates in the same situation, with half of them being convicted of violent crimes.
“For example, 150 of the 1,000 illegal aliens in Nevada prisons have been convicted of murder, manslaughter, or attempted murder, as well as 320 non-citizen inmates who have been convicted of sexual assault, including 240 child sex offenders,” Breitbart said.
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Now local authorities are praying that it doesn’t affect their ability to do their jobs.
“I am optimistic that this change will not hinder LVMPD’s ability to fight violent crime” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said in a statement. “While the ruling can be seen as a setback, I am determined that through cooperation with our federal partners the goal of removing the worst of the worst can still be accomplished.”
Sheriff Lombardo confirmed to the press that while the 287(g) agreement would no longer be in effect, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department would continue to work with federal officials at a local detention center to remove violent criminals from the country.
Vegas officials are expecting the California District ruling to be reconsidered in the Ninth Court of Appeals, but would hold off on cooperating with federal officials until the law was made more explicitly clear.
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