President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he intends to strip federal funding from jurisdictions that act as “sanctuary” cities or counties — i.e., ones that protect illegal immigrants from deportation.
Now, that policy change has scared one county enough that they’ve preemptively reversed its decision to act as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, according to New York Newsday.
Suffolk County, New York, hasn’t held inmates wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since 2014, according to Long Island Business News. Sheriff Vincent DeMarco planned to change that; the Long Island county will no longer require a judge’s order before turning wanted inmates over to ICE.
“I do believe this is good public policy because it focuses on criminals,” DeMarco said, according to Breitbart. “We’re talking about people who entered the country illegally and have committed crimes and have been convicted of crimes.”
The new regulations will place a 48-hour detainer on all inmates wanted by ICE.
“I opposed open-ended detainer requests because, among other things, they placed an enormous burden on local government to spend millions on incarceration to cover unfunded mandates,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told Newsday. “However, Suffolk County works closely with federal law enforcement, and a limited, 48-hour detainer represents a step in the right direction.”
While both insisted they were ending the sanctuary policy out of purely criminal concerns, there were some doubters.
“I mean, let’s face it … a new administration is coming in and the new administration has said, unambiguously, they’re going to take an entirely different and harder approach toward sanctuaries,” said Dan Cadman of the Center for Immigration Studies. “I don’t think that many counties and many county sheriffs and some police departments want to be between the hammer and the anvil.”
So, even before he takes office, Donald Trump has already had a major practical effect. Way to go, Mr. President-elect!
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