By Austin O’Lay
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On Monday, the Trump administration went on the offensive, taking on jurisdictions that refuse to arrest suspected illegal immigrants. In an executive order issued in January, President Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security to send Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Reports to the White House.
‘Detainers’ are requests made by ICE to local law enforcement to keep certain individuals detained for an extra 48 hours because ICE believes these people could be deported. These reports contain information on the crimes individuals are either charged with or convicted of, where they were arrested, and that the detainer request was denied.
Some law enforcement agencies argue that these detainer requests aren’t legal without a warrant and have gone as far as implementing policies that allow them to be uncooperative with ICE requests. They fear the illegals in their community will be less likely to assist police officers because they won’t want their information being sent to ICE.
The real-life implications of these views are highlighted with cases such as that of Kate Steinle, a victim of a shooting in San Fransisco by an illegal immigrant that was a frequent border-hopper. Her killer was jailed four months prior to the shooting and should have been sent to federal immigration officials. Instead, San Francisco law enforcement released him back into the community.
Officials have said that these sanctuary cities have an obligation to protect the legal citizens of their communities and refusing to detain potential criminal deportees is a risk that is not worth taking.
Just last week, a 14-year-old girl was raped in a high school bathroom by 2 male students, one of whom was in the country illegally.
The incident is “disturbing on so many levels,” said Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Washington, D.C. based Center for Immigration Studies.
She went on to say that the Obama administration and its “disastrous handling” of the surge of illegal immigrants arriving from Central America is partially to blame and that kids illegally entering the country has become a much bigger problem than it once was.
It has been made clear by the Trump administration that illegal immigration will not be tolerated. Within the first month of his presidency, illegal border crossings have decreased by 40 percent. Trump has also promised to hire an additional 5,000 border patrol agents, as well as 10,000 ICE agents to speed up the deportation process.
With the construction of the border wall on the horizon, President Trump is looking stronger than ever when it comes to halting the flow of illegals into our country.