From the time President Donald Trump stepped into the White House, one of the main concerns has been trying to stem the amount of illegal immigration into our nation. The vast number of illegals entering our borders is causing massive problems within the agencies that are tasked with handling newcomers. Vital resources such as water, food, housing, and the money to provide those necessities are quickly being dwindled as a result of the sheer amount of people crossing daily.
However, rather than offering support to our nation’s citizens and working together to find a solution to this, Democrats have dragged their feet and only exacerbated the problems. Some, who tend to be a little more liberal and progressive, have even declared their cities and counties to be sanctuary localities in protest to Trump’s attempts.
In these locations, city or county police officers are forbidden to ask about any individual’s immigration status, as well as to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Most also refuse to honor ICE detainer requests and do not allow ICE agents to even enter their law enforcement buildings.
The idea of such laws, at least according to these liberals, is that no one should be persecuted or not allowed to be here simply because of where they come from and if their papers aren’t in order.
However, what it does is allow sanctuary to any illegal immigrant who doesn’t want to leave, regardless of their criminal background. This means that when known convicted felons who are illegal are arrested, they are not reported to ICE or handed over to immigration authorities. Instead, they might be jailed for a short time, but since they are not US citizens, they can’t stay there and are simply released back into the public to strike again.
One such place to do this was Montgomery County, Maryland, where Executive Marc Elrich signed into law “The Promoting Community Trust Executive Order” back in July. However, only three short months later, the ruling is getting reversed, or at least somewhat.
The decision comes after law enforcement officers in the area have arrested no less than eight illegal aliens in the county on charges of rape or sexual assault crimes. The amount of rapes and charges compiled by illegals in such a short amount of time and only weeks after the sanctuary law was signed has gained national attention.
Many, including law enforcement agents themselves, have demanded that the law be removed or at least changed to protect their community more.
After all, who in their right mind feels good about letting known rapists and child abusers go free to find more victims in their neighborhoods and streets? Nothing about that “promotes community,” as the name of the law implies. If anything, it destroys it and makes people fearful to even live in the area let alone raise their children there.
But Elrich has stood firm on his decision up until now. In August, he made a public statement saying that he would only allow ICE detainers to be honored if they were accompanied by a judicial warrant. However, he must not have done his homework before requiring this because both ICE and several other immigration experts note that isn’t how the system works. No judicial warrants are even needed in such a case, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act.
An ICE spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation, “The public has been misled to believe that certain judges have the authority to sign a warrant for civil immigration violations – but no such judicial authority exists.” And they continued, “This idea is a myth created by those who either oppose immigration enforcement efforts, are misinformed, or who do not understand how the immigration system works.”
After much more media attention and several more similar arrests, it looks like Elrich has finally come to his senses, at least in part.
A county spokesman told the local news on November 1 that Elrich is now allowing ICE to access “identified areas” of the Montgomery County jail to arrest illegal aliens. This is to “ensure that transfers are conducted in a safe environment.”
However, along with only be allowed access to certain areas of the jail, ICE agents must also submit an immigration detainer and arrive before the illegal is to be released. If not, the individual will be returned to the streets, even if having committed murder.