'Most wanted' strategy helps ICE catch pair of criminals
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)
An immigration watchdog is pleased to witness federal authorities work around uncooperative local officials in their ongoing effort to capture and deport criminal illegal aliens.
According to The Associated Press, ICE has launched a campaign in Massachusetts to alert the public when illegals have been released by local authorities due to “sanctuary” policies.
The effort, which mirrors the FBI's “most wanted list,” helped the federal agency locate and arrest two male illegal aliens who had been released pending trial.
The first man faces DUI charges, assault with a dangerous weapon, and making a threat with a bomb, but the Brockton District Court denied the immigration detainer and released him.
The second man is charged with assault with intent to rape, and indecent assault and battery.
"This is really smart law enforcement on ICE's part,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, says of the new initiative. “They have been shut off from cooperation in the State of Massachusetts by the state supreme court judge stripping the local law enforcement agencies of any ability to cooperate with ICE.”
A 2017 ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that local law enforcement authorities don’t have the legal authority to hold illegals even if they have a federal immigration detainer.
ICE often depends on detainers to alert its agents when a wanted illegal alien is in custody by local law enforcement, but far-left Democratic officials from Boston to California are refusing to cooperate, even when the criminals are repeat offenders and obviously a danger to the public.
“Most law enforcement agencies want to cooperate with ICE,” Vaughn says, “but in this case, in the state of Massachusetts, they're not allowed to."
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The liberal enclave of Portland, Oregon released an illegal alien who went to prison for sex crimes, and was charged with several more, so it’s no surprise an immigration watchdog is rooting for the Feds.
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