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ICE Arrests Undocumented Immigrants in Queens, Criticizes New York’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Policy

Jan. 31, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 75 undocumented immigrants across the five boroughs, Long Island and the Hudson Valley in the past week — including several living within Queens.

The agency announced the number of arrests while decrying New York City’s position as a sanctuary city. The NYPD does not turn over undocumented immigrants who have been arrested to ICE and the agency says this puts others in danger.

Of the 75 people arrested, 45 had been previously released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer — or a request that the local agency detain an undocumented immigrant for additional time so that ICE agents can assume custody and potentially deport him or her.

ICE agents recently arrested individuals with active detainers in Astoria, Flushing, Forest Hills and Whitestone.

In Astoria, ICE arrested a 29-year-old Algerian national who was released from the Department of Corrections after being convicted of forcible touching.

In Flushing, ICE arrested a 52-year-old Colombian national who was released from NYPD custody and has a pending charge of rape and sexual abuse.

In Forest Hills, ICE arrested a 40-year-old Filipino national and former military service member, who was dishonorably discharged after being convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of the attempted sexual assault of a child, attempted abuse of a child, and attempted receipt of child pornography.

In Whitestone, ICE arrested a 50-year-old Chilean nation who was convicted for grand larceny and was sentenced to five years of probation supervision.

“More than half of those arrested in the last week were released on an active detainer pursuant to dangerous sanctuary city laws,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations New York. “Time and time again these policies have proven to put politics above the safety of city residents.”

Decker also attacked the state’s recent bail reforms which ended pretrial detention and cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.

“Between the reckless sanctuary city laws and the irresponsible Bail Reform Act, the lives and safety of the people of New York are in peril,” he said. “ICE ERO in New York continues to focus on criminal aliens, because the safety of the people in this city matters far more than popularity.”

ICE focuses enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to public safety and border security, however the agency no longer exempts categories of undocumented immigrants, such as those with no criminal records, from deportation.

Critics of ICE and the detainer system say it imprisons people without due process — as ICE issues detainers on people who have only been charged with a crime and it has even wrongly placed detainers on hundreds of U.S. citizens over the years.

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Queens Lady

Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant, is like calling a drug dealer, an unlicensed pharmacist.

Why does Trump want open borders?

Even after forcing new taxes to pay for it, The Great Wall hasn’t been built, in 3 years!

Deportations are DOWN under Trump.

Why should ICE have to clean up after his mistakes?

Check yourself

Perhaps if Trump was actually allowed to govern instead of having to face endless made-up impeachment distractions from hateful Democrats the wall would be built by now. That’s okay, though, you will be feeling the MAGA effect for years because we have been stacking the federal judiciary nicely. Look up the number of appointments and try not to spill your latte. And… Sotomayor is one Twinkie away from a diabetic coma while RBG has one foot in the grave. #MAGA #KAG

Concerned citizen

Thank god that ice is capturing these criminal bastards .they should also arrest the mayor and the governor for federal law violations in allowing sanctuary cities and state

Why has Trump completely failed to deliver one of his central campaign promises

Where’s our “one-time payment” from Mexico for the wall? Republicans voted for the president that can’t secure our borders, and then complain if people come here illegally.

Gato negro

Illegal aliens have been coming her since Reagan gave 3 million of them amnesty. Mexico is using their military as a wall, that’s how they are paying for the wall.


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