An email obtained by the New York Times calls for agents to “flood the streets” and arrest as many undocumented immigrants as possible in these locations.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a 24-hour daily surveillance operation near the homes and workplaces of illegal aliens in sanctuary cities across the country, reports the Times.
Last month, a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tod reporters that ICE would be deploying Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to “enhance integrity of the immigration system, protect public safety, and strengthen our national security.”
This combining of forces was necessary, because thanks to lawless Democrat politicians who prop up sanctuary cities everywhere, ICE didn’t have the resources to manage the amount of illegal aliens in the country. Apparently, ICE requested about 500 special agents to help them to make the arrests.
CBP agents usually do things like stop border smuggling of drugs and people and work to stop violence. However, they have been requested to help ICE arrest and deport illegals living inside sanctuary cities to make up for the fact that state and local law enforcement officers won’t enforce federal immigration policy. The federal government has sole authority over immigration laws, as is mandated in the Constitution.
The actions being taken now falls under the name of Operation Palladium, and it will last from February through December.
The email also shows that the agents were ordered to “flood the streets” and arrest as many undocumented immigrants as possible. It’s open season on illegal aliens, folks.
From The Hill:
Speaking to The Hill, acting ICE Director Matthew Albence previously confirmed in a statement that increased surveillance, ICE agents and arrests will occur in “jurisdictions where we are not allowed to assume custody” of immigrants from jail, and that ICE immigration officers were “forced to make at-large arrests” of immigrants who had been “released into communities.”
“When sanctuary cities release these criminals back to the street, it increases the occurrence of preventable crimes, and more importantly, preventable victims,” he added.
ICE and CBP agents will be working separately from local law enforcement to avoid overlapping and botched operations.
Some of the cities that will see an increase in ICE agents include Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans and Newark, N.J.
An ICE official said the ongoing enforcement actions were planned to take place in spurts in different cities to avoid intense coverage by the national media that could cause people wanted for deportation to hole up in their homes for days or weeks.
“It should be really no surprise, it’s exactly what we said we would do,” said Henry Lucero, the top government official overseeing the division of ICE that conducts street arrests. He added: “If there’s no cooperation, that’s not going to stop ICE from doing its job. We are still going to try to protect the public as much as we can by arresting and removing criminal aliens from the communities before they can get another crime or make another victim.”
And there has already been a backlash. The Mayor of Chicago has chimed in.
“I question the level of effectiveness other than scaring people,” said Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago’s mayor, who has been a frequent critic of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement agenda and has instituted sanctuary policies that ban city officials from cooperating with ICE.
Ms. Lightfoot said the city would readily turn over wanted individuals to ICE if the agency could provide a warrant or court order signed by a judge. “If you’ve got the facts, and you’ve got the probable cause, get the judge to sign the order,” she said, adding: “If that happens, then there’s no choice. But we’re not going to do it simply on the basis of an ICE agent’s signature, in a world in which ICE has become highly politicized.”
I call bullschtein! Lightfoot has ordered her law enforcement not to cooperate with ICE. ICE always provides warrants when making an arrest, so this nonsense from the mayor trying to make it seem like ICE agents go rogue or something is ridiculous. It’s the Democrat method of covering your own behind with faux righteous indignation.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, President Trump, who authorized Operation Palladium, said that his administration will start withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities, per a court ruling. The president took to social media to make the announcement.
“As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!”
As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
The American Criminal Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) condemned the action. Naureen Shah, a senior advocacy and policy counsel for the ACLU, told the Times back in February that Operation Palladium “is about further militarizing our streets,” and that the effects could be lethal. That’s because Naureen is a dope, and she thinks the rest of us are dopes too.
“We could see CBP officers who aren’t trained for interior enforcement using aggressive force,” Shah said. Ah, but we aren’t seeing that, and it’s March 7th.
It’s about time we saw some action on the federal level to capture and deport illegal aliens, many of whom are criminals who harm American citizens. The cost to taxpayers to pay for illegals is outrageous.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”