ICE Director Doesn’t Want to Scrap Sanctuary Cities Despite Known Dangers
One of the prime functions of “ICE,” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Department of Homeland Security, is enforcing the nation's immigration laws by identifying, arresting, and removing aliens who violate U.S. immigration law.
Non-uniformed officers within the Enforcement and Removal Office perform this dangerous mission that also includes tracking aliens who flee ICE custody or have illegally re-entered the U.S., as well as those who are wanted on criminal charges.
If serving as the director of ICE sounds like a job for a seasoned Border Patrol agent who has served on the front line building camaraderie with fellow agents and making judgment calls, then only in the oxymoronic world of the Obama administration is a federal prosecutor with experience litigating mortgage fraud cases and no law enforcement background the right choice for the job.
This week Obama’s ICE Director Sarah Saldana appeared before the House Oversight Committee in a confrontational hearing about the President’s policies on so-called “sanctuary cities,” rejecting options to crack down on the alien “free-zones.”
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) put the question to Saldana bluntly: “Does the sanctuary city program put your field personnel at more risk than they would be otherwise?”
To her credit, the ICE Director at least gave an honest, though baffling response.
“Yes, having to go into a jurisdiction, into somebody’s home, when we could have gotten them at a local sheriff’s or police department, yes, it does put them at risk.”
Yet, even admitting the administration’s policies put her agent’s lives at risk, Saldana, who has never worked in the field as an agent or officer nor ever made an arrest, still said she will not back measures to force cooperation from the sanctuary cities.
Hundreds of counties and municipalities have policies in place prohibiting law enforcement entities from cooperating with federal agencies in immigration cases.
Saldana testified before the Judiciary Committee last year that she lacks discretion while implementing President Obama’s guidelines.
Her testimony drew incredulous reactions from Committee members, prompting Chair Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA) to conclude, “The nonsensical actions of this administration demonstrate its lack of desire to enforce the law even against unlawful aliens convicted of serious crimes.”