New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) has made it well-known his city has taken up so-called “sanctuary” status when it comes to dealing with illegal immigrants in his town.
Ever since President Trump won the election, De Blasio has joined a chorus of Democrat mayors vowing to defy the new administration’s tough stance on illegal immigration, but ultimately the decision doesn’t rest on his shoulders, as he’s finding out the difficult way. The NYPD, whom De Blasio has left hung out to dry on numerous occasions, has adopted the novel concept that police departments are supposed to uphold our nation’s laws, and they’re reporting illegals to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement despite De Blasio’s pledge to protect them.
The Daily Mail highlighted the story of two illegals facing deportation that were scheduled to appear in court but instead received a visit from ICE. One of the men was taken into custody and the bureau will likely be nabbing the other soon.
So much for sanctuary…
From the Daily Mail:
Public defenders of two men – 51-year-old David Gonzalez and 35-year-old Milton Chimborazo – said they learned the NYPD had communicated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the New York Daily News reported.
As a ‘sanctuary city,’ New York City theoretically only complies with ICE officials with regard to holding defendants involved in violent or serious felonies.
The NYPD’s communication with ICE officials about court dates would appear to violate this pledge.
The NYPD notified ICE about the arrest of Gonzalez, who had previously been deported and was arrested after allegedly rubbing against a woman on a train.
Of course, advocates for illegals aren’t happy about it, and they’re now calling on De Blasio to do something, anything to make the NYPD stop following federal law.
“We’re supposed to be a sanctuary city. What does it mean if our own court system is participating in turning folks in to ICE?” Queens Law Associates co-founder Lori Zeno said.
“The mayor can issue a command to the Police Department that they shouldn’t be calling ICE,” added Zeno.
When asked for comment, a spokesman for the NYPD pretty much told the News reporter to bugger off, the cases were handled the way they should have been and eve if not, ICE officials can access all of their arrest information anyway.