The sanctuary city law law states that the police and local jurisdiction officers of the sanctuary cities would not detain an individual just on the basis of his immigration status.
Recently new bills have been introduced which state that it is mandatory for the local jurisdiction officers to comply with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and federal law requirements. It also stated that failure to comply such regulations would penalize the officers with fine and may also exceed to jail term.
ICE raids are a part of routine responsibility to keep a check on crime and violent actions against local residents.
It has been reported by officials that the Sanctuary jurisdictions do not honor detainers or allow ICE officers access to jails and prisons and thus are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration. As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in such communities.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials mentioned on Thursday that in it’s four-day "Operation Safe City" it targeted people in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington and Baltimore as well as Cook County, Illinois; Santa Clara County in California's Bay Area; Portland, Oregon; and Massachusetts.
The ICE officials stated that the agency’s goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with the law enforcement partners in order to help prevent dangerous criminal actions and make the communities safer for local residents.
According to the reports of the ICE, total 498 people were arrested during this operation out of which 317 had criminal convictions. Some individuals were also categorized as "immigration fugitives," "previously deported criminal aliens," and/or associated with a gang. It also stated that most of the criminal convictions were for driving under the influence as well as assault- and drug-related offenses. Others were arrested for marijuana and drug possession, traffic offenses.
These raids are merely additional attempts by the president and his anti-immigrant chiefs to persecute cities into undermining the constitutional protections of all [their] residents, irrespective of their immigration status.
Advocates for immigrants say police responsibilities do not include enforcing civil immigration laws and have warned that doing so may otherwise result in the law-abiding immigrants to avoid reporting crimes.
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