United States Attorney General William Barr stated yesterday that there will be a “significant escalation” from the government against “sanctuary” cities, counties and states. Among these actions are a pair of lawsuits vs. the sanctuary state of New Jersey and the sanctuary county of King County, Washington.
The AG revealed that news during a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference. With the New Jersey suit naming state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal for the state’s sanctuary policy that bans officials from sharing state records with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible: When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape,” he argued. “These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes.This is neither lawful nor sensible.”
In addition Barr claimed, “The reality is that sanctuary policies increase the already serious dangers facing police officers by putting criminals back on the streets rather than transferring those criminals to federal immigration authorities for deportation in compliance with federal law. These policies are textbook examples of misguided ideology triumphing over commonsense law enforcement. And it is the public and our police who pay the price.”
The complaint against King County, Washington names King County Executive Dow Constantine for implementing a policy where ICE agents are banned from using the King County International Airport to deport and transport criminal illegal aliens. More specifically to that point, a DOJ lawsuit states that the sanctuary airport policy is unlawful under the U.S. Constitution because it violates the Airline Deregulation Act.
Barr also declared, “Unfortunately, in various jurisdictions, so-called ‘progressive’ politicians are jeopardizing the public’s safety by putting the interests of criminal aliens before those of law-abiding citizen.”
President Donald Trump made mention of his position in last week’s State of the Union speech: “Last year, our brave ICE officers arrested more than 120,000 criminal aliens charged with nearly 10,000 burglaries, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 violent assaults, and 2,000 murders.”
Plus added, Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens. In Sanctuary Cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed.”
And expressed, Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the Sanctuary City of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman. The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free. If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would be alive today.”
Now this hot button issue will most likely be decided in court.