So-called “sanctuary cities” are a threat to the public safety of all Americans.
One only has to look at the case of poor Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal alien let out of jail just moments before by San Francisco authorities who ignored a detainer request.
But the Trump administration is poised to strike down these law breakers once and for all with this one action.
New reports indicate the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to arrest local officials who enact sanctuary policies.
The Washington Times reports:
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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 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.
Mr. Homan told The Washington Times last July that he wanted to see local officials charged as complicit in human smuggling if they shielded illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies.
Sanctuary cities flout federal immigration laws by ignoring detainer requests for illegal aliens in local custody for various infractions.
In doing so, they promote tragic human trafficking incidents like when eight illegal aliens were found dead from heat exhaustion inside a tractor trailer in San Antonio last summer.
Authorities believe the truck was headed to Houston, one of the cities currently suing the state of Texas to block the state from implementing its ban on sanctuary cities.
What are your thoughts?
Should the federal government arrest and press charges against local officials who defiantly flout federal immigration laws to the detriment of public safety?
Let us know in the comments below!