I cannot sugarcoat this. The letter I am about to share with you was absolutely gut-wrenching.
Edward Mullins, the President of the NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, wrote a letter on Saturday. Its intended recipient?
Mullins fellow NYPD Sergeants. The subject matter was the anticipated ICE raids throughout the weekend to track down and apprehend criminal immigrants who are not in the U.S. legally.
Here is the body of the letter in its entirety.
Dear Fellow Sergeant:
As you are aware, today and throughout the remainder of this weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (I.C.E.) will be apprehending individuals who are criminally wanted for crimes committed under the United States Code of Laws.
We, the members of law enforcement, do not write these laws, nor do we engage in the politics and/or opinions of the laws under the United States Code, New York State Penal Law or City Code. Our job is to simply enforce all laws equally upon all individuals so that each person receives equal justice under the law.
I therefore remind you of our sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of New York.
I further encourage you to NOT leave any I.C.E. Agent abandoned if in need of assistance and to stand shoulder to shoulder with each agent so that they too can return home safely to their families.
They are members of law enforcement just like you and we must never participate in the politics being applied upon our duty to uphold the law. Should you encounter any resistance from this Department or the City of New York while assisting an I.C.E. Agent in need of HELP, please call the SBA 24hr number immediately at 212-226-2180.
As always, do your job with the utmost professionalism and please wear your vest and stay safe.
I will pause here and wait while you catch your breath. Or punch a wall. Or cuss out loud. There are several options to choose from.
There is so much to digest in this letter, I am not sure where to begin.
It is a sad day when officers need to be reminded of their sworn oath. It is equally sad when they also have to be reminded that the men and women of I.C.E. are part of the law enforcement community. But the most gut-wrenching part of this all is two-fold.
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First, it takes a lot of nerve for politicians and law enforcement administrators enact policies that force officers to sit idly by and do nothing, even if a federal agent is in dire need of assistance.
As reported by the Huffington Post, the cities that have been identified as being potentially being a location for the raids are Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. Leadership from several of these cities are responding. Here is what they had to say.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed said:
“It is unconscionable that the Federal administration is targeting innocent immigrant families with secret raids that are designed to inflict as much fear and pain as possible. We want our entire community to be prepared. Resident should call the SF Rapid Response Hotline to report raids or get deportation legal assistance.”
Yes. Those were her words. She referred to individuals who have warrants for their arrest as innocent. She also wants people to alert the city where raids are taking place, presumably so the city can alert immigrant communities.
This is nothing short of aiding and abetting criminals. Furthermore, these raids are not designed to inflict pain and fear. They are designed to arrest criminal offenders and remove them from the US.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she directed the Chicago Police Department not to cooperate with I.C.E. or their enforcement efforts. She also ordered Chicago police to cut off any access ICE has to the parts of the city’s police database that contain information on immigration enforcement activities.
“We are all aware of the threat from President Trump regarding raids by ICE, and in response, Chicago has taken concrete steps to support our immigrant communities,” Lightfoot said.
Once again, we have an elected official who is missing the point. These are not immigrants who are in the country legally. These are criminal offenders.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Los Angeles will always stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and our law enforcement officers will never participate in the actions.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms warned residents of the raids and provided a link to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative where immigrants can find resources for pro bono legal representation. The fact that she is using the SPLC as a source tells you everything you need to know.
In the most telling response, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said that the city did not receive any notice of the upcoming raids, adding that the city would not support “family separation or the round-up of immigrant families to spread fear in our community.”
“#Denverwill always stand w/ families fleeing violence & do whatever we can to prevent the inhumane practice of family separation. We’re an inclusive, compassionate & welcoming city. Threats from this WH, which are only a distraction from its failures, won’t weaken our resolve.”
#Denver will always stand with families fleeing violence and do whatever we can to prevent the inhumane practice of family separation. We are an inclusive, compassionate and welcoming city and the threats of this White House, will never weaken our resolve. pic.twitter.com/jVn9gm5tZq
— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) July 12, 2019
Mayor Hancock summarized for the other mayors. The refusal to assist I.C.E. with enforcing federal law is nothing more than political pandering out of spite for our President and his stance on immigration. Every single mayor who lashed out is a Democrat.
Secondly, it would be a tragic event if local officers chose to remain a bystander if a raid went south and one of the individuals with a warrant responded with violence.
At least one metropolitan area police department, the Denver Police Department, stated that while they do not typically assist I.C.E. with immigrations enforcement, they would assist in cases of emergency.
It is ironic that some city leaders say that it is not up to local officers to enforce federal laws. How many times do local agencies assist federal agents in apprehensions of other crimes?
It is completely unacceptable that we have elected officials who refuse to uphold the oaths that they take and enforce existing law. They should be held accountable for these decisions. If anything happens to a federal agent during these raids, the mayors should be held liable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Our law enforcement communities deserve to be protected, but that is virtually impossible to guarantee when you have cities tipping off immigrants, allowing them to hide, disband or resist the arrest by federal agents.
That is both tragic and unacceptable. We must do something about these elected officials who are stopping at all costs.
The violence is quickly escalating as well. An armed man was shot and killed early Saturday after trying to attack an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington.
Police say the man – who has not yet been identified – showed up the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma with a rifle. They say he hurled incendiary devices at both the facility and nearby propane tanks, setting a vehicle on fire.
It happened around 4 a.m. local time. Police yelled out to the man to stop him before shots were fired. It’s not yet clear how many shots were fired and whether he and police fired at each other.
According to police spokesman Loretta Cool, the officers weren’t wearing body cameras. With that said, the area is covered by surveillance cameras from the detention center.
As per department policy, the four officers involved were placed on administrative leave. None of them were injured.
ICE put out a statement no employees “were harmed nor involved in this tragic incident.”
The shooting came mere hours after a rally in front of the detention center to protest planned mass deportation raids around the country.
The Tacoma facility is run by the Department of Homeland Security. It holds migrants pending deportation proceedings.
The 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center is run by GEO Group.
In an email to The Associated Press, group administrators said baseless accusations about how detainees are treated at its facilities “have led to misplaced aggression and a dangerous environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority. Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated. We are thankful for the quick and brave action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered.”
The GEO Group also said the detention center in Tacoma has modern amenities with air conditioning, recreational activities, a bed for every individual and medical care available at all hours.
It was at the center of a lawsuit last year, where a federal judge ruled that Washington state could pursue its suit seeking to force GEO Group to pay minimum wage for work done by detainees at the detention center.
The Trump administration’s child separation policy was the subject of a contentious Congressional hearing Friday.
During that time, former ICE director Tom Homan defended law enforcement amid criticism from Democratic politicians.
“As a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, it is shocking, shocking to see constant attacks against those that leave the safety and security of their homes every day, put on a Kevlar vest and put a gun on their hip and risk their own safety to defend this nation,” he said, at times appearing to get choked up as he defended his former colleagues.
On Friday, police restored Old Glory after protestors decided to do whatever they could to insult the very country that gives them the freedom to legally run their mouths.
— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) July 13, 2019
Authorities put the flag back up Friday evening.
— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) July 13, 2019
This, after protestors screaming at the sky outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility pulled down the flag and instead raised the flag of Mexico.
— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) July 13, 2019
That’s not all. They also removed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, spray-painted it with the words “Abolish ICE,” then raised the flag upside-down, on a pole next to the Mexican flag.
Protestors on @ICEgov property just pulled down the American flag and replaced it with the Mexican flag. The group by the doors is growing. Though most protestors are still on the street. pic.twitter.com/X2waaFMEOW
— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) July 13, 2019
The protestors were gathered in Aurora, Colorado outside a federal facility. Inside that facility are people who broke the law and snuck into the country.
Protestors were upset about ICE raids that are scheduled to begin Sunday in Denver and other major U.S. cities.
— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) July 13, 2019
Aurora police Chief Nick Metz said the majority of protesters were peaceful. At those protests, parents exploited their children to send a political message.
— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) July 13, 2019
The protest is part of a well funded series of events dubbed #LightsForLiberty, also being called the “March to Close Concentration Camps”.
Tonight we witnessed the best of Aurora (Police & Community) during the peaceful #LightsForLiberty demonstration. Thank you to everyone who remained peaceful & took the time to thank my cops…& thank you to all the officers who were there to ensure everyones safety. @AuroraPD pic.twitter.com/UzkF8nQDfJ
— Nick Metz (Ret. Police Chief) (@Code4Metz) July 13, 2019
Protestors demanded detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to be closed and for all immigrants being held in those locations to be granted entry to the U.S., according to the event’s Facebook page.
— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) July 13, 2019
Look closely at that page and you’ll see the self-described socialist group has strong similarities to ANTIFA.
On Sunday, ICE agents will reportedly work to round up thousands of illegal immigrants across the U.S.
It’s an operation that President Trump delayed by two weeks to allow Democrats to propose a bipartisan solution to the humanitarian crisis at the border. They didn’t.
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said at the border wall that the upcoming ICE raids will not be done at random and will be focused on “removing those deported by courts.”
Raids are also expected in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco… but may be delayed in New Orleans due to Tropical Storm Barry.
Other #LightsForLiberty protests took place on Friday, including in San Ysidro, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and New York City.
The anti-ICE messaging is gaining significant traction among Democrats running for president.
Thursday, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren introduced her plan to decriminalize immigration, welcome more refugees and focus enforcement on only security threats. Her open borders approach is in stark contrast to the stance taken by the Trump administration.
Warren, a Massachusetts senator, said the Trump administration’s harsh treatment of migrants, to include separating undocumented children and parents at the border, is based on a law known as Section 1325.
It allows for criminal penalties for illegally entering the U.S. or entering legally and overstaying a visa. Warren wants to repeal the provision and indicated that she would use executive power to reduce its enforcement as president.
“We should repeal this criminal prohibition to prevent future abuse,” Warren wrote in a Medium.com post, vowing that as president she would “immediately issue guidance to end criminal prosecutions for simple administrative immigration violations” and “refocus our limited resources on actual criminals and real threats.”
So, to translate: Warren wants to allow anyone who wants to walk into this nation to do so with no consequences. She wants to give free reign to anyone and everyone. Given that she is in favor of free healthcare for those not here legally, her plan could get extremely expensive.
This plan came in conjunction with President Trump’s announcement that he will take executive action on the 2020 U.S. Census to include a citizenship question in the population count.
There are also indications that mass arrests of thousands of undocumented people are expected to begin Sunday, assuming sanctuary proponents don’t tip them all off first. Warren, like most of other Democratic hopefuls, refuses to grasp the concept that making an illegal action legal doesn’t make the inherent problems go away.
Among the other aspects that she cannot grasp, the senator is just one of the crowd when it comes to accusing the current administration of atrocities that were actually perpetrated in the Obama years. Obama’s immigration shortcomings notwithstanding, Warren said she would create a Justice Department task force to investigate what she referred to as criminal abuses of immigrants by Trump administration officials.
An excerpt from Bloomberg News states:
“In his 2016 campaign, Trump mobilized voters with an anti-immigration message focused on building a wall and removing undocumented people, successfully capitalizing on grievances about demographic and cultural changes that have made the U.S. more diverse. Warren’s plan is sure to amplify the president’s claim that Democrats are embracing an “open borders” immigration policy — most of her rivals have not gone as far.”
Warren’s plan is merely political pandering. It is aimed at a growing pro-immigration constituency in the Democratic Party, the Latino community specifically.
“Immigrants have always been a vital source of American strength. They grow our economy and make our communities richer and more diverse. They are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends,” Warren wrote. “President Trump sees things differently. He’s advanced a policy of cruelty and division that demonizes immigrants.”
Warren is calling for the outlawing of private detention facilities and limiting detentions to people who pose a security or flight risk, who could be tracked and monitored with technology. She wants to end ‘warrantless’ arrests and instead focus on smuggling, trafficking and spotting counterfeit products.
You have to wonder if she understands that there are a lot of people sneaking into this country via traffickers. Does she know that some of the people who are coming over illegally are smugglers and traffickers themselves?
Law Enforcement Today recently ran an article about ICE and sanctuary states. Warren, along with AOC and others are all calling for the abolishment of the very groups that were designed to management immigration.
”Sanctuary. Refuge. Harbor. Shelter. Safety. Hiding place. I read that list of words to my wife and asked her to give me one word that came to mind when hearing them. Her response: HOME. It may conjure up other places or thoughts for different people. Typically, they are associated with something good. I never thought I would see the day that those words were associated in such a negative way. The entire left coast has become a sanctuary…for rapists, murderers and other felonious sorts. More specifically, criminals with a history of criminal activity.”
At some point, Warren, and candidates like her will have to wake up and face reality. The reality is that legal immigrants do contribute to society and our way of life in this country. Further reality is that if you simply open the borders with no requirements, you will have many who come here and do not contribute, who simply ride the system. You will also have countless others who come to do us harm.
How can anyone predict that? It isn’t hard considering we already have those who do that at alarming rates, and we don’t yet have Warren-esque border with no restrictions, no riles and no consequences.
In the meantime, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other prominent politicians are ramping up their efforts to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement altogether.
But now it seems she’s leveled another attack against a major law enforcement agency — the Department of Homeland Security.
In a radio interview last week, Ocasio-Cortez called the formation of the agency a Bush-era mistake.
David Remnick, the host of the New Yorker Radio show, asked AOC whether or not she’d want to end the Department of Homeland Security.
“ICE is not under the (Department of Justice),” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s under the Department of Homeland Security. And so we have now—”
“Would you get rid of the Department of Homeland Security, too?” Remnick asked.
“I think so,” she said.
“I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious… a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did. We are, at a very, it’s a very qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence, and in terms of being able to make the argument that we never should of created DHS in the early 2000s.”
The Department of Homeland Security employs over 240,000 people that work tirelessly to protect our nation from potential threats. Its stated goal is to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly acts of terrorism.
Our guess is because DHS absorbed the duties of the Immigration and Naturalization Service when it was formed, suddenly their function is no longer justified in the eyes of those who want open borders.
AOC doubled down on her condemnation of the border crisis, referring to the housing centers as “concentration camps”.
“The fact that concentrations camps are now an institutionalized practice in the Home of the Free is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it,” she said.
BREAKING: AOC Calls for an END to the DHS!
READ MORE: https://t.co/BCptt1zMkQ
— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) July 10, 2019
AOC is not the only one calling for these agencies to be abolished.
A number of presidential candidates have expressed their support in repealing agencies that pertain to the issue of immigration. More than a few have even suggested decriminalizing the act of unlawfully crossing the United States border.
Senator Cory Booker was reportedly shown escorting a group of people across the border into the United States this week in front of a massive crowd of reporters.
The New Jersey Attorney General threatened action against local sheriff’s departments for working with ICE agents.
What happened to law and order?
On the flip side, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday called the “Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act”.
It would allow victims of violent crime in sanctuary cities to sue the municipalities for putting citizens in harms way.
It specifically states that it aims to:
“hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for failing to comply with lawful detainer and release notification requests made by federal authorities and jeopardizing public safety.”
The bill was introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis. It’s being co-sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst, Marsha Blackburn, and Ted Cruz – all Republicans.
“It’s disturbing to see sheriffs across North Carolina establish sanctuary jurisdictions, releasing dangerous individuals back into communities while refusing to notify federal immigration officials,” Tills said.
He went on to point out that our country’s “leaders” need to own the damage they are causing.
“If politicians want to prioritize reckless sanctuary policies over public safety, they should also be willing to provide just compensation for the victims.”
The term “sanctuary city” refers to a municipality that has clearly indicated it will not cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking to locate and detain illegal immigrants.
It’s a movement that’s spreading across dozens of cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Republicans have attacked the policy as the border is overrun and border patrol officials are unable to keep up with the wave of those coming in illegally.
The overwhelming majority of Democratic hopefuls in the presidential race aren’t just embracing the idea of “sanctuary cities” – many are moving towards an open border policy in general.
Republicans argue that legal and safe immigration is the way to deter violent criminals from attempting to enter the country, not protecting them from the law.
“We are a nation of laws,” Grassley said. “Whether you are a citizen, immigrant or even a local government, disregarding those laws should carry consequences.”
President Trump has consistently criticized sanctuary cities. He says they encourage illegal immigration, and earlier this year strongly considered flooding those cities with the immigrants not here legally.
He later changed his mind.
“We’ll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it, whether it’s a state or whatever it might be,” Trump said. “California certainly is always saying, ‘Oh, we want more people.’ And they want more people in their sanctuary cities. Well, we’ll give them more people. We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply, and let’s see if they’re so happy.”
Republicans like Cruz have continued to push for accountability for state and local authorities that work to undermine that goal.
“Sanctuary cities and their policies are a dangerous affront to the rule of law, and only exasperate the crisis at our border,” Cruz said. “I am proud to join my colleagues in holding these jurisdictions accountable, and will continue working to enforce our federal immigration laws and ensure the safety and security of the American people.”