U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents guarding California are no longer working with local police officers. Agents have begun denying California officials’ requests to extradite criminal illegal immigrants.
California is a sanctuary state, meaning it grants extra legal protections to illegals and its law enforcement officers refuse to comply with federal immigration officers. California CBP officers are starting to deny extradition requests because they feel that it’s not appropriate to comply with them any longer.
“In each instance, the Border Patrol Agent determined it was not appropriate, consistent with his or her federal responsibilities to ensure the enforcement of immigration law, to release a criminal alien to the state and local law enforcement,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott explained.
A few months ago a CBP agent learned that an illegal in custody was also wanted in Iowa. Iowa officials insisted that they would pay the extradition expenses and would keep border patrol in the loop regarding his case.
“Thus, if the alien were turned over to California law enforcement, even though the underlying warrant was in Iowa, the alien could still be released from California custody during the extradition process… Given the significant risk that an alien with a significant felony arrest warrant from another state who was unlawfully present in the United States would simply be released into the country, Border Patrol declined to permit SDSD to take custody.”
California’s decision to flout federal law is having huge consequences. The state continues to release dangerous undocumented migrants back onto American soil. The Trump administration filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the state to challenge its sanctuary policies.
American lives are at risk because of California’s policies. Liberal politicians claim that sanctuary cities are about compassion. But the net effect of sanctuary policies is negative. They encourage illegals to take massive risks to enter the country and they entice criminals who would otherwise have stayed away.
“The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Sacramento crowd of police officers.
“We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. And I believe that we are going to win.”
President Trump and AG Sessions are determined to combat California’s dangerous policies. The lawsuit is just one of the tactics.
CBP agents can’t wait for the courts to decide the issue. The agency is dealing with dangerous criminal illegals right now. Agents fear that if they allow California police officers to get their hands on the illegals, the criminals will simply be dumped back onto the street.
California officers are explicitly ordered to defy federal immigration orders. They refuse to detain illegal immigrant suspects.
“Our duty at the Department of Homeland Security is to enforce and uphold the nation’s security laws as passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.
“California has chosen to purposefully contradict the will and responsibility of the Congress to protect our homeland.”
California politicians are intent on defying President Trump. Instead of feeling ashamed of how they’re endangering their constituents and violating federal laws, they’re happy to be part of the resistance.
“With their recent lawsuit, Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have declared war on California. What they fail to realize is that we have rights too. Their legal threats will not intimidate us,” Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo said.
California is facing the lawsuit from the Justice Department rather than another liberal state because it’s gone the farthest in its defiance. The Trump administration hopes to make an example of California.
CBP agents aren’t trying to be defiant. The agency is actually eager to work with California law enforcement officers but they know that trying to do so now would be pointless. Border patrol agents care about safety more than politics. The risk of criminal illegals being thrown onto American streets is too high to take.
California law enforcement is not allowed to alert ICE or CBP agents when an illegal is about to be released from custody. It would be very simple to comply with the federal government, but California liberals refuse.
The matter is going to take a long time to settle. California politicians are not going to accept defeat easily. In the meantime, CBP officers have no choice but to reject California extradition requests.