Despite a number of sanctuary cities popping up all across the United States, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been steadily working. They have targeted a number of public safety threats in order to get them off of the streets and to create safer communities. Throughout the Virginia/DC area, 56 criminal aliens were arrested in a single week.
ICE officers targeted and arrested 56 individuals on various civil and criminal violations. This included sex offenders, gang members, and violent offenders. This meant that not only were they in the country illegally, but they had also committed a number of other crimes – and were posing a serious public safety threat.
Some of the individuals arrested were members of notoriously violent criminal organizations including MS-13 and 18th St. gangs.
Arrests took place throughout a number of areas, including Woodbridge, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Washington DC. ICE officers were also assisted by the Federal Bureau of investigation and the US attorney’s office.
Russell Hott, the ERO Washington Field Office Director announced that ICE officers are in pursuit of public safety threats on a daily basis. He acknowledges that the individuals have disregarded immigration laws in the United States and have also committed various serious crimes within the country.
Throughout the enforcement initiative, an Australian national was arrested due to a visa overstay as well as being wanted in Australia for making false statements and fraud. A Honduran national with an outstanding warrant for sexual assault was also an MS-13 member. A Salvadoran national was also arrested, identified as an MS-13 member who was previously removed from the United States and had multiple convictions for being drunk in public. The total arrestees included 53 men and three women across seven countries, ranging from Australia to Honduras to South Korea.
ICE will continue to use enforcement resources on individuals who continue to pose a threat to public safety, national security, and border security. All of the targeted immigration enforcement is conducted within compliance with federal law and agency policy. Additionally, the agency no longer exempts categories or classes of removable aliens from potential enforcement. Anyone who is in violation of immigration laws is subject to immigration arrest as well as detention. If they are found removable by final order, they are also removed from the United States. Each individual is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
There are still sanctuary cities that stand in the way of ICE doing their job. Somehow, Democratic politicians have established a convoluted way of thinking that they are fighting against the Trump administration by allowing the sanctuary cities to stand. However, what they’re actually doing is providing a loophole for illegal immigrants who are wanted for a number of violent crimes to stay protected while victimizing the communities that they live in.
Week after week, there are stories of how police departments and local politicians have stood in the way of helping ICE detain and arrest illegal aliens who are wanted for various crimes. Police departments release those who have just committed a crime back into the community as opposed to holding them until ICE arrives, claiming that they cannot hold them because of “their rights.” The problem with that is that the Democrats believe illegal aliens have rights in the country when they do not.
Everything has turned into political warfare. Police departments and Democratic politicians are creating a political issue out of illegal immigration as opposed to doing the right thing. By giving illegal aliens with considerable criminal records a safe haven, they are creating a threat to national security as well as a considerable problem when it comes to public safety. Local residents don’t want to be victimized by people who should have been arrested or even deported to their home country. However, the Democrats don’t want to give Trump a “win” when it comes to immigration. They would rather allow crimes to be committed on a daily basis.
With ICE showing that they are not going to back down, they are doing what they can around the various sanctuary cities. With 56 criminal aliens removed from a single area in the country in a weeks’ time, it shows that they are doing their due diligence – and working to remove national threats and maintain public safety. As communities become safer due to what ICE officers are doing, maybe it will demonstrate to Democrats everywhere that it is necessary for ICE to have the support of local law enforcement. When sanctuary cities are eliminated, it will make it easier for ICE to make the arrests needed and keep the country safe.