U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that it defied the city of San Francisco’s sanctuary policy for illegal aliens. ICE arrest a man who has already been convicted of several crimes in the United States after his most recent court hearing.
The federal law enforcement agency had a detainer placed on the illegal alien, a habitual burglar with three felony convictions for 2nd degree burglary in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
“Over the past five years, this recently apprehended criminal alien has been arrested by local law enforcement at least seven times,” ICE said in a press release. “ICE lodged eight detainers with local law enforcement following his arrests. Due to sanctuary laws, he was released back into the community to reoffend. He is currently in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings.”
California Assembly Bill 668 is a state law that makes all of California a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
It forbids local law enforcement from using any resources to help federal immigration services. But ICE says that according to federal law, the state has no such standing.
“California Assembly Bill 668 cannot and will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly-enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States,” ICE’s San Francisco Field Office Director David Jennings said. “Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities.”
He also slammed the city for refusing to cooperate, and releasing convicted felons back onto the street.
“Criminals like this individual are released to reoffend again and again,” he said. A simple phone call to ICE to arrange the secure transfer of such individuals would serve the hard working residents of the city far more than a misguided sanctuary policy that, as proven here and numerous times in the past, goes to great lengths to protect criminals under the guise of protecting the citizenry.”
ICE has been on a defiant streak lately, as has President Donald J. Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ).
The federal immigration agency has subpoenaed two sanctuary cities, Denver and New York, for information on illegal aliens residing in those locales. That step was an agency first.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Barr filed lawsuits against King County, WA, home to Seattle, and the state of New Jersey, both of which are acting against ICE in what the DOJ says is a violation of federal law.
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