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ICE Tears Into Washington State For Enacting Sanctuary City Policies

It might surprise many Americans to learn that, per Department of Justice statistics, a whopping 43% of all federal offenses are committed by non-citizens. Tragically, as then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it last year, every single crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a readily preventable crime:

Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented. It is outrageous that tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year because of the drugs and violence brought over our borders illegally and that taxpayers have been forced, year after year, to pay millions of dollars to incarcerate tens of thousands of illegal aliens.

As The Daily Wire has recently reported, the state of Washington has been experiencing an upsurge in crime committed by illegal aliens. Earlier this month, The Seattle Times noted how a 51-year-old Seattle-area man charged with luring and second-degree assault after he allegedly tried to force a 14-year-old girl into his pickup truck turned out to be a twice-deported illegal alien. Seattle-based radio host Dori Monson opined on the lawless sanctuary city laws that mollycoddle criminal aliens throughout Washington state:

We have the most lax laws. We are attracting drug vagrants, and we are attracting illegal immigrants. We are seeing the ramifications of it on the streets with all of the women who are being sexually assaulted, from the woman at the Ballard car dealership to Kelly Herron at Golden Gardens, to this teenage girl in Burien.

Washington is the best place to be if you’re an illegal immigrant. We’ve got sanctuary everything and a governor who tells you you’re a pillar of the community when you come into this country illegally and commit crimes. What a great place to come and abduct 14-year-old girls.

Now, as The Daily Caller reported last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken it upon itself to hone its crosshairs upon and utterly excoriate Washington state’s lax sanctuary city regime:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement ripped Washington for becoming the latest state to enact policies that protect illegal immigrants from local law enforcement and federal authorities.

“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety. It’s unfortunate that current local and state laws and policies tie the hands of local law enforcement agencies that want and need to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims,” the agency said Thursday in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. …

“Sanctuary policies not only provide a refuge for illegal aliens, but they also shield criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities,” ICE stated. “When ICE officers and agents have to go out into the community to proactively locate these aliens, it puts personnel and potentially innocent bystanders at risk.”

According to The Daily Caller, “The newly-enacted legislation largely prohibits local law enforcement from asking about an individual’s immigration status or place of birth, with an exception if it pertains to a criminal investigation.”

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