According to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) press release from Friday, the federal law enforcement entity arrested an illegal alien with a long rap sheet from Jamaica after a “sanctuary” city ignored its multiple detainer requests.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers arrested Andre Lloyd Campbell Feb. 14. Campbell, an unlawfully present Jamaican national, who has been released seven times from local law enforcement custody while on an active immigration detainer due to New York City’s sanctuary policies,” the press release said.
ICE confirmed that it has lodged more than six detainers against Campbell for previous crimes. None of them were honored by local law enforcement in New York City, which refuses to work with federal immigration authorities.
Campbell’s last criminal offense was first degree reckless endangerment. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct, and has been charged with larceny, grand larceny, and property taken from a person.
“He is currently detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings before a federal immigration judge,” ICE confirmed.
The Trump administration has recently ramped up its efforts against sanctuary cities, and ICE has specifically targeted New York City by subpoenaing the city for records on four illegal aliens residing there. Subpoena power is something ICE has always had, but only recently began using against “sanctuaries.”
The Department of Justice also recently filed two lawsuits against sanctuary locales — one against the state of New Jersey for refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and another against King County, WA, which banned ICE from using its airports to charter flights carrying deportees.
Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have proposed legislation that strip federal anti-crime funding from “sanctuary” cities and states.
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