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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cities, States Move to Calm Fear of Deportation

Amid vows from the Trump administration to crack down on illegal immigration, some city and state officials are trying to calm immigrants’ fear with legislation to prohibit arrests in courthouses, schools, workplaces and other spots where immigrants gather.

The legal rationale for the proposals is not always clear. State and local governments may not have the power to keep immigration agents from arresting people in courthouses or on public streets near churches and schools, where some recent arrests have been made.

What is clear is that fear of deportation is keeping immigrants from sending children to school, showing up for medical appointments, and appearing in court as witnesses or for other reasons.

The tense situation is, at least in part, an unintended consequence of so-called sanctuary policies, under which cities and counties refuse to hold prisoners for possible deportation. In addition, some sheriffs have questioned the legality of “detainers,” or requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold prisoners.

The increased difficulty of arresting immigrants has driven ICE to make more raids in other places, including courthouses.

“Now that many law enforcement agencies no longer honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat,” said Danielle Bennett, an ICE spokeswoman.



Anonymous said...

what is it about illegal that people dont understand?

Anonymous said...

ALL illegals Have NO Room to cry ......see Ya !!
ICE do your job !!

Anonymous said...

Good let these people be in fear, and let them stay home from schools and such, then we can start to save money on school budgets since 90% of it goes to helping illegals...

Anonymous said...

If they were legal there would be no need to need calming down. Get out anyway, we should not have to pay the expense of kicking your illegal self out of these United States. Drain them President Donald J. Trump, that's one reason we elected the right man for the job.

Anonymous said...

Any American citizen can arrest and hold a illegal and have Immigration come and pick them up, it is called "Citizens arrest" and still legal. WE all need to get this going and get these criminals out of here!