Sanctuary Policies Endanger Innocent Victims

Article subtitle: 
ICE press release about NYC’s sanctuary policies highlights the dangers
Article author: 
Michael Cutler
Article publisher: 
FrontPage Mag
Article date: 
12 June 2018
Article category: 
National News
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The title of a June 1, 2018 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) news release, concisely highlights how insane sanctuary policies senselessly endanger public safety:

3-month review shows how New York City's failure to honor immigration detainers leads to hundreds of dangerous criminals released — Many of those released offended again.

Here are the first two paragraphs of this press release:

NEW YORK — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New York conducted a three-month review of detainers lodged with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York Department of Corrections (NYDOC) to determine the type of criminal aliens who have been released from custody without ICE being notified.  Detainers are ICE’s request to a local law enforcement agency to notify ICE when an alien in custody will be released.

Within the three months, from January to mid-April this year, ICE prepared more than 440 detainers against aliens booked by NYPD or NYDOC. Nearly 40 individuals who were released from custody, reoffended and were again arrested for crimes by local law enforcement officers.

This ICE news release comes on the heels of the unbelievable statements of Nancy Pelosi in which she attacked President Trump for characterizing members of MS-13 as “Animals” which I wrote about in a recent article.

Clearly Pelosi is not alone is showing contempt for victims of crime while defending extremely violent transnational gang members.  In point of fact, mayors of so-called Sanctuary Cities and governors of  Sanctuary States are going well beyond vitriolic rhetoric to defend criminal aliens, they have implemented policies to obstruct ICE agents from identifying, arresting seeking the  deportation of criminal aliens from the United States.

According to the ICE news release, the NYPD will only cooperate with ICE if the aliens for whom detainers were lodged if those aliens have convictions for crimes that NYC official decide are sufficiently egregious.

These dangerous and nonsensical policies engager public safety by enabling these criminal aliens to remain at large where, all too often, the prey on additional victims.

These policies also attract criminal aliens and fugitives to these cities so that they should really be called “Magnet Cities.”  Let’s not forget that Kate Steinle’s killer unhesitatingly stated that he repeatedly returned to San Francisco after being deported because of that city’s sanctuary policies.

The term “Turnstile Justice” generally refers to the way that criminals are arrested and are quickly returned to the street where they continue to threaten public safety and commit acts of violence on still more victims, perhaps even the previous victims of their crimes, to intimidate them from testifying against them in court.

Where aliens criminals are concerned, however, there is a lawful alternative, harnessing the immigration laws to make certain that alien criminals would be deported to bring their criminal activities to a screeching halt.

Several months ago as I prepared to write a commentary about how immigration anarchists, such as the mayors of so-called “Sanctuary Cities” were undermining border security and immigration law enforcement, I thought of relating this another sort of “turnstile justice” and how, under former NYC Mayor Giuliani, the NYPD was able to reduce crime in the city’s subways by arresting subway riders who jumped the turnstiles to avoid paying for their rides.

This coincided with former NYC Mayor Giuliani’s “Broken Windows” approach to law enforcement of going after the relatively minor crimes to set the tone and sending the message that no crimes are acceptable.

A number of news reports noted that many “fare beaters” were wanted for other crimes.

By an amazing and frustrating coincidence, on February 10, 2018 the Associated Press reported, Turnstile justice? Manhattan eases up on fare jumpers that began with this excerpt:

NEW YORK (AP) — Fare beaters who hopped over grimy subway turnstiles back in the early 1990s were the first targets of a policing strategy that went after the smallest offenses and was credited with helping to drive crime down to record lows.

So now, a new policy to halt the prosecution of turnstile jumpers in Manhattan has some city officials and riders questioning it as a foolhardy turning back of the clock.

“The New York transit system is facing major problems already,” said Dottie Jeffries, 67, a daily subway rider who was just getting off the train in Greenwich Village. “And not caring about whether someone pays … sets a tone of permissiveness that could cause more trouble.”

It is also believed that this wacky decision was based on the fact that many illegal aliens were also avoiding the fares.  With the ongoing love fest between immigration anarchists and illegal aliens, the needs of the illegal aliens are clearly the priority for NYC, a bastion of anarchy.

Sanctuary policies also ignore that alien sleeper agents, that is to say, terrorists who are hiding in plain sight, who violate the immigration laws to enter the United States and remain in the United States, but are scrupulously careful to not violate other laws to avoid calling attention to themselves.

This strategy was identified by the 9/11 Commission as is a key terrorist embedding tactic.

This an issue I also addressed in my recent article, Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S.  That article was predicated on an April 17, 2018 hearing conducted by the House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee on the topic "State Sponsors Of Terrorism: An Examination Of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network.”

Meanwhile, New York City gets the lion’s share of federal money to protect the city and its residents from the omnipresent threat of additional terror attacks even as more victims of the 9/11 attacks continue to die from their exposure to toxins released when the World Trade Center collapsed.

The mainstream media have described sanctuary policies as being “pro-immigrant” when in reality, lawful immigrants require no protection from elements of the Department of Homeland Security that are engaged in the administration and enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.

Indeed, lawful immigrant lives are placed at risk, not by ICE agents, as Ms Pelosi would have you believe, but by these anarchistic sanctuary policies that don’t deter crime, but encourage crime.

Consider that some cities, New York City included, have made it a practice to reduce certain felonies to misdemeanors to shield aliens, who are convicted of these crimes, from deportation (removal) from the United States.

The hypocrisy surrounding immigration is beyond the pale.  As I have previously noted, while Chuck Schumer has called for passage of federal law that would deem trespassing on national landmarks and critical infrastructure a felony with a five year maximum prison sentence to deter this crime, it is the very same Chuck Schumer who insists that aliens who trespass on the United States should not only not be deported from the United States but rewarded with U.S. citizenship.

One of the most frequent invoked claim by advocates for sanctuary policies is the desire to “not separate families.”

Meanwhile the official website, New York State Domestic Violence Dashboard 2016 that provides a wide array of statistics included this expert concerning orders of protection for New York State and for New York City,

Family Court Orders of Protection: Of the 60,700 filings: Statewide: • 49,321 petitions (81 percent) were brought against non-intimate partner/other family members • 11,379 petitions (19 percent) were brought by intimate partners New York City: • 19,669 (82 percent) were brought against nonintimate partners/other family members • 4,337 (18 percent) were brought against intimate partners Rest of State: • 29,652 (81 percent) were petitions brought against non-intimate partners/other family • 7,042 (19 percent) of the dockets filed outside of NYC were petitions brought against intimate partners.

Amazingly temporary orders of protection were even issued to keep pets safe from violence.  Consider this excerpt from that website:

Protections for Pets The number of temporary orders of protection issued in Family Court that included protection for companion animals totaled 536; this represented a 12 percent increase from 2015. There also was an increase in the number of final orders of protection, to 118 or 4 percent.

In the foregoing we have documented tens of thousands of instances where the courts in New York City and New York State ordered family members to stay away from each other to protect family members from violent relatives.

Do not these orders of protection separate families?

Of course they do, but then the lunacy of sanctuary policies have nothing to do with “family reunification or with protecting “immigrants.”

Furthermore, all though the statistics are not available, wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many illegal aliens have been issued such orders of protection?  In such cases, deporting these criminals would not only protect public safety in general, but would particularly protect family members of vicious criminal aliens.

Insane sanctuary policies demonstrate that for immigration anarchists, achieving political objectives are far more important than are national security and protecting the lives of innocent victims of criminals, ignoring the obvious, that Sanctuary Cities Endanger - National Security and Public Safety.