‘These individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) In a two-day operation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 16 sexual predators in New York City, five of which had been released by local law enforcement authorities instead of being turned over to federal authorities.
As a sanctuary city, New York refuses to cooperate with federal authorities and assist them in finding illegal aliens.
The city’s government continues to slap more restrictions on its cooperation with ICE in an attempt to fight the Trump administration’s crack down on sanctuary cities.
ICE said this hampers the federal government’s mission to keep NYC streets safe for all residents.
“In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers,” ICE said in a press release. “Now that many sanctuary cities, including New York City, do not honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat.”
One of the individuals ICE arrested in its two-day operation SOAR, or Sex Offender Alien Removal, was a 53-year-old illegal alien released from NYPD custody despite raping a New York woman.
Another 39-year-old illegal alien detained by ICE had been previously convicted of sexual abuse and is a registered sex offender.
“Many of those arrested in this operation had been found guilty of inappropriate sexual behavior against a minor,” Thomas Decker, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York, said in a statement. “Our communities are safer, our children are safer, from the efforts of the men and women of ICE. We have removed them from our city’s streets and we will seek to remove them from the United States.”
NYC has been defiant in its refusal to cooperate with federal authorities.
Last year, the city council passed a bill banning any city employee from spending time on duty or using city property to assist ICE agents in enforcing immigration laws, reported the NY Daily News.
“We will not waste city resources to help immigration authorities destroy our families,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “If anyone is found to be going against the law, there will be consequences.”