Jason Hopkins

  • The Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that it was extending, once again, for 30 days an order that bans non-essential travel on the northern and southern borders.
  • DHS also announced that Title 42, a little-known provision allowing for immediate removal of illegal entrants, would stay in place at the discretion of the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Both the chief of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said the Title 42 extension would protect the American people.

The Trump administration is extending an authority that allows immigration officers to immediately return illegal entrants along the U.S.-Mexico border for as long as it deems fit.

While the White House has chosen to renew an international agreement which blocks all non-essential traffic on its northern and southern borders, it has chosen to allow a specific health order to remain in place until the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decides the COVID-19 crisis has waned.

Hours after news broke on Tuesday that the border closures would remain in place for another month, the chief of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Title 42, first put into place in response to the coronavirus outbreak, would remain in place at the discretion of the CDC director.

“This order has been one of the most critical tools the Department has used to prevent the further spread of the virus and to protect the American people, DHS frontline officers, and those in their care and custody from COVID-19,” Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of DHS, said in a statement Tuesday.

A Border patrol officer walks along the US-Mexico border fence at Borderfield State Park in San Ysidro, California on November 20, 2018. (SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Illegal entrants processed under Title 42 are intended to be kept out of facilities after they are “encountered,” which carries less legal ramifications than an “apprehension.” These aliens are also not technically “deported,” but “expelled,” a process that can be conducted much faster.

These technicalities allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to quickly send illegal immigrants back over the Mexican border when possible, sharply mitigating the risk of an outbreak from an appended foreign national.

Data strongly suggests this authority has helped. Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, the second-highest official within the department, noted earlier this month that 80% of border crossers have been turned back in an average of under two hours.

Conservative immigration experts lauded the administration’s decision to keep Title 42 in place.

“The CDC’s extension of Title 42 restrictions at the nation’s borders is a necessary move that protects both American and migrant interests amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” Matthew Tragesser, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group that advocates for reduced immigration, said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday.

“COVID-19 is rapidly spreading in Latin America, so the restrictions are not unfounded. Mexico alone has reported more than 730,000 positive cases. Brazil has also recently overtaken Spain and Italy in total confirmed coronavirus cases to become the world’s fourth hardest-hit country during the pandemic,” he continued.

Tragesser’s comments reflect a deteriorating situation in Latin America. While the U.S. has made strides in controlling the viral outbreak stateside, the disease is spreading more rapidly south of the border. President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he is considering a travel ban on Brazil as cases dramatically rise there.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on February 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“The safety and wellbeing of front-line immigration authorities, American citizens, and lawful immigrants is now improved as the likelihood of the disease spreading into the interior of the country has diminished,” Tragesser said, regarding the extension of Title 42.

The rapid return of illegal entrants has also resulted in an enormous decline in the number of aliens in CBP detention. In May 2019, for example, the agency had more than 20,000 individuals in its custody. The number of individuals currently in the CBP’s custody has dwindled to fewer than 100 — sharply reducing the chances of a viral outbreak.

Not everyone is excited about the continuation of Title 42. A spokesperson for an organization that represents immigration lawyers in the U.S. blasted the announcement.

“How can those fleeing from violence and persecution NOT BE ‘essential’ travelers?!” Gregory Chen, the director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) tweeted on Tuesday in response to the Title 42 news.

The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments agreed in late March to close off their borders for 30 days to all non-essential traffic, a response to the escalating coronavirus pandemic. This international agreement was extended for another 30 days in April, and then extended once again on Tuesday.

“The continuation of these two orders illustrates the President’s continued commitment to protecting the American people from a series of multifaceted, intertwined, and complex threats at our borders, including infectious diseases,” Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner, said Wednesday.

Morgan was referring to both the closure of non-essential traffic and Title 42. “These policies will exist at our borders until the further introduction of [COVID-19] into the United States has ceased to be a serious danger to the public health,” Morgan said.

Nevertheless, much cross-border travel is still permitted under the temporary order. Examples of “essential” travel that is still allowed include crossing the border for medical and educational purposes, emergency response operations, public health services and anyone engaged in “lawful cross-border trade.”

Trump has further tried to alleviate impacts of the coronavirus crisis by limiting the entrance of green card applicants who are currently living abroad.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: Trump Admin Indefinitely Extends Authority That Allows Immediate Return Of Illegal Aliens

The Trump administration is preparing an order that will extend current border restrictions indefinitely, until a top public health official declares the novel coronavirus is no longer a threat, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The White House plans to keep border restrictions in place until it decides the coronavirus outbreak is not a significant threat to the public anymore, according to a draft of a public health order obtained by the NYT. If such an order is implemented, it would remove any concrete timetable to open up the U.S.-Mexico border to non-essential traffic.

“I am extending the duration of the order until I determine that the danger of further introduction of Covid-19 into the United States has ceased to be a danger to the public health,” a copy of the draft order reads. The order is under review by several agencies, the NYT reported.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed more than 297,000 people across the world, the Trump administration on March 20 shut down northern and southern borders to all non-essential traffic for 30 days. This order was extended for another 30 days on April 20.

The proposed order, handed down by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only permits “essential” cross-border travel, according to the NYT. Essential border crossing includes travel for medical and educational purposes, emergency response operations, public health services, and anyone engaged in “lawful cross-border trade.”

A US Border Patrol agent searches for tracks after a night of surveillance using night-vision equipment as agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border fence following the first fatal shooting of a US Border Patrol agent in more than a decade on July 30, 2009 near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The border restrictions also do not permit anyone to enter the country if they do not have proper documentation — meaning illegal aliens will not be accepted if they reach the U.S. border. This provision in particular has resulted in a rapid return of illegal entrants and a steep drop in illegal border crossings altogether.

Now the administration is looking to extend the restrictions for an indefinite amount of time, under the auspices of CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield.

Once the public health order is issued, the border restrictions would stay in place until Redfield determines that the disease is no longer a danger to the American public, according to the NYT.

It was immediately clear when, or if, the administration will issue the health order. It could be implemented in the coming days, given the current border restriction is set to expire on May 21.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: Trump Plans To Keep Borders Closed Until Coronavirus Isn’t A Threat: Report

A panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled a lower court’s order to reduce the detention population of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility by the hundreds.

The Trump administration scored a major win on Tuesday after a three-judge panel ruled that detainees in the Adelanto ICE Processing Facility, a dentition center that sits northeast of Los Angeles, do need to be released en masse while a lower court ruling is being appealed, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The decision overrules a decision made by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter on April 23. The judge had ordered the Adelanto facility to no longer accept new inmates and to reduce its detainee population by at least 250 by the end of the month.

Such a move, Hatter said, would allow remaining inmates and employees to properly practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision pertained to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, a progressive organization that has adamantly opposed President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda.

Attorneys for the Trump administration lodged an emergency request against Hatter’s decision one day later in a bid to prevent an immediate release of more than 200 detainees.

The Ninth Circuit panel that overruled the decision consisted of judges Barry Silverman, Jacqueline Nguyen and Daniel Collins. In a written opinion, Collins said the injunction must “state its terms specifically,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“One of the many problems with the district court’s injunction is that it disregards the very sort of considerations that the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] says may require adaption of the guidelines in the context of a particular facility,” Collins wrote.

The Adelanto facility, one of the biggest ICE detention centers in the country, holds space for roughly 2,000 detainees but is currently holding around 1,200.

Across the country, ICE is currently detaining just shy of 29,700 foreign nationals, according to the agency’s latest data.

Information provided by the agency also shows that a total of 1,346 inmates have been tested for coronavirus. Of those, 674 detainees have tested positive for the disease.

The Trump administration has recently been dealt a mixed bag from the Ninth Circuit when it’s come to recent decisions regarding its immigration agenda.

On Monday, the appeals court blocked a request from the administration to deny green card applicants who can’t prove they can afford health care.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Western Journal: Trump Admin Wins in Appeals Court, Preventing Release of 250 ICE Detainees

A lawsuit seeks to stop Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom from doling out roughly $75 million in taxpayer funds to foreign nationals living unlawfully in the country.

Judicial Watch, a conservative legal firm, filed a temporary restraining order against Newsom to keep him from spending about $75 million of state taxpayer funds on direct cash benefits to illegal aliens, the firm announced on Tuesday. Judicial Watch is arguing that an emergency restraining order is necessary because Newsom’s administration will imminently begin distributing the cash benefits.

“Judicial Watch’s taxpayer clients asked for a temporary restraining order because Governor Newsom plans to rush plainly illegal direct cash payments, using taxpayer dollars, to illegal aliens,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

He continued: “The governor has no legal authority on his own to spend state taxpayer money for cash payments to illegal aliens, and coronavirus doesn’t give him or any other politician a pass to violate the law.”

Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks during a campaign rally with Democratic congressional candidate Katie Porter, Senator Kamala Harris and comedian Chelsea Handler in Irvine, California, U.S. November 3, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Newsom in April announced that his administration would distribute $125 million in coronavirus-related assistance funds to illegal aliens. This disaster relief assistance program is a public-private partnership initiative, with California taxpayers ponying up $75 million and another $50 million covered by philanthropic donations.

The relief program is intended for illegal aliens living in the state who don’t qualify for the stimulus package Congress passed in March. Recipients can receive a one-time cash benefit of up to $500 and households can receive up to $1,000 to deal with the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.(RELATED: Los Angeles Will Hand Out Pre-Paid Debit Cards To Illegal Aliens)

Newsom’s administration anticipates to dole out cash to roughly 150,000 illegal alien adults. Newsom, when announcing the program, said 10% of California’s workforce is undocumented.

Judicial Watch on Tuesday argued that the governor is overstepping his authority in trying to give taxpayer funds to illegal aliens, and took particular umbrage with the fact that Newsom launched the program without input from California’s state legislature.

“These benefits are not to be provided to U.S. citizens or legal aliens residing in the state, according to an April 17 fact sheet issued by the California Department of Social Services, the ‘Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Fact Sheet,’ which reiterates that only unlawfully present aliens are eligible for direct assistance,” the legal firm stated.

Federal immigration law generally forbids illegal aliens from being eligible for state or local public benefits. Only through laws enacted by a state legislature can a state government provide such benefits to undocumented aliens — something Newsom did not do.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: Gov Gavin Newsom Sued Over $75 Million Stimulus For Illegal Aliens

  • Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Tom Homan spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation about his thoughts on a possible Joe Biden victory.
  • The longtime immigration official did not hold back on his criticism, saying there would be chaos at the border if Biden ousted President Donald Trump.
  • Homan pointed to Biden’s campaign pledges, such as a promise to not deport illegal aliens if they haven’t committed a felony, and a pledge to end the Remain in Mexico program.

Tom Homan, the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), predicted a dire situation at the U.S.-Mexico border if former Vice President Joe Biden emerges victorious in the November elections in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

If Biden is elected president and follows through on many of the campaign promises he has made, there will be a return to “chaos” at the southern border, including more drugs smuggled to the United States, more rapes of migrant women and ultimately more deaths, Homan said.

“It’s going to be chaos,” the former ICE chief told the DCNF when asked about a possible Biden victory.

Homan pointed to the sharp reduction in illegal immigration in the past months under the Trump administration, a consequence, he said, that is directly attributable to the actions taken by the president.

“For those who hate Trump, they need to think about this — how many women did not get raped because of what the president has done?” Homan asked.

President Donald Trump (C) holds a law enforcement roundtable on sanctuary cities, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Trump was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Homan, who directed ICE between January 2017 and June 2018, said illegal immigration has dropped 80% under the Trump administration and compared that to a Doctors Without Borders report that said 30% of migrant women are raped on their journey to the United States.

“How many children didn’t die because of what the president has done? How many immigrants didn’t die because of what the president has done? How many millions of dollars did the criminal cartels not make because of what the president has done?” he asked.

What is making the former ICE chief so concerned about a Biden presidency? Homan pointed to the former vice president’s own campaign platform and pledges.

Biden unveiled his immigration agenda in December 2019, which called for a massive rollback of President Donald Trump’s accomplishments — such as a dismantling of the Remain in Mexico program, a reinstatement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the abolition of for-profit prisons.

A little over two months later, Biden — under pressure from the progressive bloc of the Democratic Party — vowed to place a moratorium on all deportations during his first 100 days in office, with convicted felons being the only exception.

“What kind of message does that send to the rest of the world?” Homan asked.

Such rhetoric from a leader would only bring more illegal immigration into the United States, he added.

As a result, he said, the drug cartels that charge migrants to be smuggled will make more money, a higher number of migrant children who attempt to cross the border will die, and the federal government will once again lose control of the southern border.

“When you say we shouldn’t be removing illegal aliens unless they commit a felony, you’re inviting every illegal alien into our country because they know there are no consequences to entering the country illegally anymore so long as they don’t get arrested for a felony,” he continued.

The longtime federal immigration official compared these proposals to Biden’s past comments about Trump, particularly over comments about the rule of law.

“Here’s a guy who spent two years saying, ‘President Trump isn’t above the law, he needs to be held accountable.’ President Trump isn’t above the law, but apparently [Biden] thinks illegal aliens are above the law,” Homan said. “I’m not guessing at it, these are statements he’s actually made and you’ve all seen them.”

Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum at Drake University on July 15, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“If he becomes president, we lose the border,” he said.

The Obama administration is a key window into what a Biden presidency would look like, he said. In particular, the former ICE chief said that the rush of migrant families that appeared at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2013 was no random event, but a direct consequence of then-President Barack Obama deciding to unilaterally enact DACA in 2012.

Homan certainly speaks from a position of experience.

He served as a police officer in New York in the 1980s joining what was then called the Immigration and Naturalization Service — the agency was transformed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Homan also served as a Border Patrol agent, and was later appointed by Obama to be executive associate director of ICE in 2013.

He is out with a book “Defend the Border and Save Lives: Solving Our Most Important Humanitarian and Security Crisis,” which dives into the need for protecting the country’s borders.

These criticisms of Biden are a far cry from how he feels about Trump — a president he said is unlike any other he has worked with since the Reagan administration.

“President Trump has brought sanity back to our legal system. We’re a nation of laws. People come to this country — I can’t blame anyone in the world who wants to come to the United States — we’re the greatest country on Earth, but you can’t want to be a part of the greatest country on Earth and not respect our laws. Our laws are what makes us the greatest country on Earth.”

The former ICE chief, who is happy with the current occupant of the White House, is worried that if Trump loses, much of the progress made during his administration will be undone.

“Every American should be afraid of what’s going to happen to our border if Joe Biden becomes president.”

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Every American Should Be Afraid’: Former ICE Chief Says A Biden Victory Would Lead To ‘Chaos’ At The Border

A vast majority of Americans favors dramatic restrictions on immigration amid the coronavirus pandemic, a USA Today/Ipsos national survey found.

American attitudes about coronavirus and its impact on our way of life has changed dramatically over the course of one month, the poll discovered. The survey had asked voters questions about their feelings on coronavirus in March, when it first began spreading through the United States, and then posed the same questions roughly one month later.

With more than 95% of the country under lockdown orders, millions filing for unemployment benefits, and more than 22,000 deaths from the virus, the U.S. population is, by leaps and bounds, more willing to implement strong measures to combat the pandemic.

Roughly eight in 10 Americans not only favor a mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving from another country, but also favor a moratorium on immigration from other countries altogether, the survey found. Additionally, seven in 10 Americans want to ground all international flights, and nearly half of respondents favored grounding all domestic flights.

Juana Gomez (2nd L), from North Hollywood, wears a face mask, while using a trash bag to protect against the rain, as she waits in line to receive food at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“America is a different place than it was a month ago,” Cliff Young, president of Ipsos, said in a statement on Monday.

He continued: “In that time, we’ve seen Americans take a collective pause from public gatherings, a decline in consumer confidence and rising anxiety levels. The changes we’ve seen in this poll highlight our COVID-19 world.”

USA Today and Ipsos launched a nationwide survey about COVID-19 between March 10 and 11, when the virus first began to spread across the country. Roughly one month later — on Thursday and Friday — the same survey was launched to gauge how attitudes have changed as the crisis has only worsened in the United States.

In the first poll, only 34% of Americans said coronavirus posed a “high threat” to the United States. The same poll taken this month found that number has increased to 71%.

Similar changes were seen in Americans’ views about the virus’s threat to the global economy. The percentage of respondents who said it posed a “high threat” to the world economy rose from 47% to 76%.

However, there was one issue that still appeared to divide respondents, with a clear divide along partisan lines. When asked if the government should provide financial assistance to illegal aliens who are unable to work because of the virus, 68% of Republicans opposed the idea while 58% of Democrats expressed support for it.

Both online surveys reached out to 1,005 adults across the United States. The credibility interval — which USA Today likened to a margin of error — has a plus or minus of 3.5 percentage points.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: 8 In 10 Americans Favor A Pause On Immigration During Coronavirus Pandemic

President Donald Trump confirmed reports that his administration will turn away illegal aliens and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump confirmed speculation that the southern border will be closed off to asylum seekers and anyone else who attempts to enter the United States illegally during a White House press briefing Wednesday regarding the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic.

“On asylum seekers and people who cross the southern border illegally, are you planning to invoke [42 U.S. Code § 265] which would allow you to prohibit entry of certain people across the board,” a reporter asked Trump on Wednesday.

“The answer is yes,” he answered.

When asked when this order will take place, Trump said it would be executed “very soon, probably today.”

U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants caught near a section of privately-built border wall under construction on December 11, 2019 near Mission, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Under 42 U.S. Code § 265 — a subsection of the U.S. legal code — the Surgeon General has the authority, with approval by the president, to prohibit the entry of individuals and property in the existence of any communicable disease in a foreign country. Such an order can be executed for as long as the Surgeon General deems necessary in the interest of public health.

The southern border is a top destination for foreign nationals either hoping to claim asylum or enter the interior of the U.S. illegally. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 851,000 individuals along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2019, a time when the administration dealt with an unprecedented influx of family units from Central America.

Earlier on Wednesday, an official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the administration is considering all options to protect U.S. citizens.

“The president is 100% committed to protecting the American people against the spread of the coronavirus and all options are on the table,” Heather Swift, a DHS spokeswoman, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Trump earlier in March announced a near-total travel ban from Europe to the United States. He also announced Wednesday that all non-essential traffic between the U.S.-Canada border, with consent from the Canadian government, would be temporarily closed.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: Trump Confirms He Is Shutting Off Southern Border To Illegal Aliens And Asylum Seekers

The Trump administration officially implemented its public charge rule for foreign nationals seeking permanent status, following two key victories in the nation’s highest court.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday put into effect the administration’s new public charge rule, which takes into account a foreign national’s past use of taxpayer-funded benefits when determining whether that individual qualifies for a green card. The rule, which the White House first introduced in 2019, survived a lawsuit that reached all the way to the Supreme Court.

“President [Donald] Trump continues to deliver on his promise to the American people to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. After several judicial victories, DHS will finally begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule,” Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of DHS, said in a statement Monday.

“This rule enforces longstanding law requiring aliens to be self-sufficient, reaffirming the American ideals of hard work, perseverance and determination. It also offers clarity and expectations to aliens considering a life in the United States and will help protect our public benefit programs,” Cuccinelli continued.

Under the public charge rule, permanent status can be denied to applicants who have a history of using government-funded benefits and deemed a “public charge” on the U.S. government.

A green card applicant’s past use of food stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance, Section 8 housing or other government-funded benefits is taken into consideration when determining whether that individual qualifies for permanent status. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency under DHS that manages legal immigration, can look into an applicant’s use of public benefits over a 12-month period within any given 36-month period during their time in the country, per the rule’s new guidelines.

While the public charge rule has been in place for years, the redefined definition now includes these non-cash assistance programs.

The proposal was immediately met with opposition among immigrant rights advocates when it was introduced in August 2019.

U.S. District Judge George Daniels issued a pair of nationwide injunctions on the public charge rule in October 2019, ruling that the Trump administration did not offer a reasonable explanation for its new definition. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this decision, prompting the White House’s emergency application to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court lifted the injunctions in a 5-2 decision in January, allowing the Trump administration to move forward with the rule in every state except Illinois. In yet another victory for the White House, the Supreme Court allowed the rule to be implemented Friday in Illinois as well, giving it an impact to every part of the country.

The public charge rule is part of Trump’s focus on immigration, making the subject one of the most monumental issues ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: Trump’s Public Charge Rule For Immigrants Officially Goes Into Effect Following Supreme Court Victories

Attorney General William Barr vowed Monday to escalate the fight against sanctuary jurisdictions and announced a round of lawsuits that target states and localities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The top attorney for the Trump administration announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be slapping several states and localities with lawsuits over their sanctuary policies while delivering remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association in Washington, D.C., on Monday. DOJ later on announced complaints with California; New Jersey; and King County, Washington, over various policies that hinder the work of federal immigration authorities.

The moves were the latest in the Trump administration’s escalating crackdown against sanctuary jurisdictions across the country.

“This evening, I am announcing further actions the Department of Justice will take to protect the American people and allow for the proper and lawful functioning of our nation’s federal immigration system,” Barr said Monday while giving his address.

Barr announced that the DOJ was filling a complaint against New Jersey for a directive that limits what information state and local law enforcement can share with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The directive — an order the attorney general of New Jersey launched in 2018 — also forbids local and state law enforcement from participating in ICE operations and includes other restrictions.

The GOP attorney general also said his department would file a complaint with King County, which encompasses the liberal city of Seattle, for not allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use the King County International Airport to remove illegal aliens ordered to be deported from the U.S.

The DOJ isn’t stopping there. Barr said his department will be conducting reviews of sanctuary jurisdictions across the country

“Further, we are reviewing the practices, policies and laws of other jurisdictions across the country,” he said. “This includes assessing whether jurisdictions are complying with our criminal laws, in particular the criminal statute that prohibits the harboring or shielding of aliens in the United States.”

Shortly after his address, the DOJ announced the two lawsuits against New Jersey and King County. Additionally, the department lodged a complaint against California that challenges a state law, A.B. 32, which prohibits the operation of private detention facilities. Barr said the law was intended to forbid the detention of aliens in its state.

“Today is a significant escalation in the federal government’s efforts to confront the resistance of ‘sanctuary cities.’ But by no means do the efforts outlined above signify the culmination of our fight to ensure the rule of law, to defend the Constitution, and to keep Americans safe,” Barr said.

“We will consider taking action against any jurisdiction that, or any politician who, unlawfully obstructs the federal enforcement of immigration law,” he added.

The lawsuits follow DHS revocation of Trusted Traveler Programs for New Yorkers in response to the state barring DMVs from sharing information with ICE and Custom and Border Protection (CBP). ICE has also begun issuing subpoenas for information with jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal officials.

Author: Jason Hopkins

Source: Daily Caller: Attorney General William Barr Vows Lawsuits And ‘Significant Escalation’ Against Sanctuary Jurisdictions

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