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miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018

Bombshell report: Trump admin is preparing to arrest leaders of ‘sanctuary cities’

The Trump administration isn’t just going after sanctuary cities’ wallets — it’s considering criminal charges against their leaders.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that her agency has asked DOJ lawyers to investigate the possibility of filing criminal charges against those cities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to deport illegal immigrants.

ICE agents at risk

Nielsen confirmed her agency’s enhanced plans to crack down on sanctuary jurisdictions during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” she told the committee members.

The Washington Times reported:

Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] Director Tom Homan says those policies put his officers and local communities at more risk because they have to arrest illegal immigrants out in the community.

“When we knock on doors, as any law enforcement officer will tell you, it’s risky, it’s dangerous. Compare that to arresting someone in the jail, when you know they don’t have weapons in the jail,” Homan told the Times in an earlier interview.

“It’s a matter of time before one of my officers is seriously hurt or doesn’t go home because someone made a political decision on the backs of my officers,” he said.

ICE provides the idea

Homan first advanced the notion to charge sanctuary city leaders with criminal charges six months ago — using federal anti-smuggling laws. He said at the time that their refusal to cooperate with ICE agents puts everyone at risk. The Times reported:

The refusals range from declining to hold migrants beyond their regular release time to refusing all communication — even notifying ICE when a criminal deportable alien is about to be released into the community.

For Mr. Homan, who came up through the ranks of the Border Patrol and then ICE as a sworn law enforcement officer, that sort of resistance is enraging.

Homan observed that Title 8 U.S.Code Section 1324 outlaws any attempt to “conceal, harbor or shield” illegal immigrants — and he believes that may provide the legal basis to hold city fathers criminally liable.

“I think these sanctuary cities need to make sure they’re on the right side of the law. They need to look at this. Because I am,” he said.

The Times asked Homan if he’ll recommend prosecutions.

“We’re looking at what options we have,” he replied at the time.

And six months later he apparently caught Nielsen’s attention.