ICE Directs Agents To Go After Illegal Aliens At Court Houses

ICE has made the policy official

(Newsweek) Immigration agents are being told it is official U.S. government policy to capture and detain undocumented immigrants in federal, state and local courthouses.

The new guidelines were reportedly formalized Wednesday. The policy, however, runs counter to concerns raised by civil rights groups; California’s Supreme Court chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye; and so-called sanctuary cities, where local authorities do not, as a rule, turn over illegal immigrants to federal officials.

“Courthouse arrests are often necessitated by the unwillingness of jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE in the transfer of custody of aliens from their prisons and jails,” wrote U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan in the directive, dated January 10, arguing for its necessity.

Homan points out that illegals tend to be a bit easier to arrest, since they will have been screened for weapons.

The new directive tells agents to specifically go after those with criminal pasts, including gang members and those with criminal convictions as well as those who have been ordered to leave the U.S. and people who have re-entered illegally after being deported.

It also tells agents not to arrest family members or friends accompanying the undocumented person they’re targeting, or other undocumented immigrants who are appearing as a witness in a case. Making arrests in family or small claims courts is also out of bounds, the directive said.

This won’t satisfy the people who support illegal aliens, who clearly also support the criminals, as they caterwaul about detaining them in a manner that makes it safe for law enforcement.

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3 Responses to “ICE Directs Agents To Go After Illegal Aliens At Court Houses”

  1. drowningpuppies says:

    I liked it better when they would hunt them down.

  2. Dana says:

    And if the illegals fail to appear at the courthouse for scheduled hearings or trials, they will have committed yet another crime, giving the government even more ammunition to deport them.

    It will be interesting to see local jurisdiction officials in some idiotic sanctuary city deliberately interfere with federal agents making immigration violation arrests. I would be highly amused to see some local sheriffs put on trial, convicted, and thrown in the penitentiary for obstructing a federal agent.

    Alas! It would be the lower-level city officials who would get arrested, since the mayors and city councilmen who passed the sanctuary policies would not be the ones directly interfering.

    I can see it now:

    1 – Local sheriff’s deputies do not interfere with ICE agents arresting illegal alien criminals;
    2 – Local city officials the fire the Sheriff for not having his deputies so interfere; so
    3 – Fired Sheriff sues city officials for ordering him to break the law.

    Grab your popcorn!

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