ICE May Charge Leaders of Sanctuary Cities With Human Smuggling
According to the Washington Times, the Department of Homeland Security says it may begin charging the leaders of sanctuary cities under anti-smuggling laws, for protecting illegal aliens from deportation and refusing to comply with federal immigration law.
This comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement, wherein Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that sanctuary cities will lose their federal funding (JAG grants) if they do not cooperate with ICE. The new rules will be in place later this year.
According to ICE, sanctuary cities are a threat to public safety, since they prevent ICE from deporting criminal illegal aliens; instead, they release them back into American communities. This not only endangers the American public, but it makes deporting criminals much more costly and difficult.
This is, of course, all true—crimes committed by illegal aliens is a huge, and expensive problem.
Luckily, the Trump administration is taking it seriously.
Under President Trump, ICE has been told to cooperate with local law enforcement agencies to better track illegal aliens. Thus far, ICE has official agreements with 59 law enforcement agencies (known as ‘287(g) agreements‘) in 18 states.
In addition to this, ICE is in the process of partnering up with many more jurisdictions—soon sanctuary cities will be forced to comply.