‘Show up to court with a toothbrush’: ICE says sanctuary city officials should expect jail time if they ignore subpoenas

ICE is getting serious.  They are about to arrest and jail government officials who violate our Federal immigration laws.  The officials have been using government to protect criminals from foreign countries from arrest and deportation.  Trump is now ending that.

“”If they don’t comply, we’ll be working with DOJ to go to district court to force them to comply with the requirements,” Albence said, noting the rule in the U.S. Code that he said justified the move.

“The individuals that fail to comply can be held in contempt,” he said. “They can show up to court with a toothbrush because they might not be going home that night. Because they could be jailed for failure to comply with a lawful order from a judge. That’s the route we’re going.”

ICE looks at local arrests to see if a person is illegally in the country. If he or she appears to be an illegal immigrant, the officer can request that the local law enforcement agency notify ICE before that person’s release so that ICE can take custody and begin deportation proceedings. Sanctuary zones release illegal immigrants, including those with criminal convictions, after they make bail or serve time in jail without notifying ICE.

ICE can send a real message by arresting Guv Newsom, Mayor Breed of San Fran and Garcetti of Los Angeles.  It is time for government officials to obey their oath of office.  Maybe an Impeachment?

‘Show up to court with a toothbrush’: ICE says sanctuary city officials should expect jail time if they ignore subpoenas

by Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner,  1/23/20 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is prepared to go to court with two “sanctuary cities,” Denver, Colorado, and New York City, if they fail to provide personal information on illegal immigrants with criminal records released in each city instead of being transferred to ICE.

“We expect them to comply” with subpoenas for the information, said acting ICE Director Matt Albence at a press conference in Washington on Thursday.

“If they don’t comply, we’ll be working with DOJ to go to district court to force them to comply with the requirements,” Albence said, noting the rule in the U.S. Code that he said justified the move.

“The individuals that fail to comply can be held in contempt,” he said. “They can show up to court with a toothbrush because they might not be going home that night. Because they could be jailed for failure to comply with a lawful order from a judge. That’s the route we’re going.”

ICE looks at local arrests to see if a person is illegally in the country. If he or she appears to be an illegal immigrant, the officer can request that the local law enforcement agency notify ICE before that person’s release so that ICE can take custody and begin deportation proceedings. Sanctuary zones release illegal immigrants, including those with criminal convictions, after they make bail or serve time in jail without notifying ICE.

Albence said the subpoenas were a “last resort” to force “sanctuary cities” to help federal officers find people at their homes and jobs if local jails will not turn them over while in secure settings. ICE focuses most of its effort going after people illegally in the country charged or convicted of criminal offenses.

“Hopefully, when some of these other jurisdictions that don’t want to cooperate see that we’re taking this seriously, maybe they’ll come around and try to help us help their own communities,” said Albence, who was tapped to lead the 20,000-person agency six months ago. He did not answer if Denver or New York would face retaliation from the federal government if they do not honor the subpoenas.

Last year, ICE asked New York City to notify it before releasing 7,500 illegal immigrants so that it could transfer each person into custody. None of the requests were honored.

For the first time ever last week, ICE subpoenaed a local law enforcement office, sending four requests to the New York Department of Corrections and four to the Denver Justice Center.

The subpoenas ask for the phone number, home address, type of vehicle, employer, and more information that can help ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers go into the person’s community and try to make an arrest. Albence said that sanctuary cities force ICE to squander resources running around trying to find people and that localities are forced to waste manpower rearresting criminals who could have been deported.

“How much time could NYPD have dedicated to doing other functions instead of continually arresting people that are here illegally, have no lawful right to be here, and are committing further crimes?” he asked. “Our goal is to find them before they commit further crimes, right? We’re actually able to prevent crimes if we can get these people off the street.”

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Comments

  1. it is about time they start jailing these lunatic officials who refuse to work with ICE to deport illegal aliens criminals.. Time to hold them responsible for allowing these criminals to roam the streets making communities unsafe for the citizens…

  2. John Steele says

    Jail time will make these felons comply. The rest will fall into line . BUT… we can expect to see the crazies run to a Obola court to try to stop them from going to jail…

  3. Years late but headed the right direction. Now if the Feds will come arrest and jail Newscum , Becerra and the rest of the rouge government running an illegal government here we might have a chance of saving California .

  4. God I hope this is true. I agree let’s start with arresting Gavin Newsom and Xavier Becerra.

  5. PLEASE may this be true…Enforcing the federal laws by the sate’s elected officials should have started the minute De Leon wrote the sanctuary law that should have been immediately stopped and all officials involved reminded that when CA became a state it was accepting the Constitution and all federal laws regarding immigration! Regardless, don’t stop working on the signatures needed to recall Newsom!

  6. showandtell says

    I am with all of you hoping this comes to pass, too.
    Will be following this…

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