Among the blue-city mayors who have thumbed their nose at the Trump administration, few have thumbed more vigorously than New York City’s Bill de Blasio. The socialist mayor has been on the front lines of the sanctuary city debate, vowing that New York will never hand their criminal immigrants over to the federal government for deportation. And indeed, a new report directly from the NYPD shows that de Blasio wasn’t just blowing hot air. New York City clearly takes their status as a sanctuary city seriously; if you’re an illegal immigrant and you can’t help but commit crime, you could hardly pick a better place to move.
According to the New York Police Department’s legislative affairs director Oleg Chernyavsky, the NYPD received 1,526 detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017.
They complied with exactly zero of them.
In a statement to the New York City Council on Wednesday, Chernyavsky said this figure was proof of the Big Apple’s commitment to…well, something.
“That speaks volumes to our intent as a city,” he said. “It’s important for victims of crimes, irrespective of their immigration status, to trust their police and to come forward and inform their police.”
Which is just asinine, because not a single one of those detainer requests were for illegal immigrants who called the cops. They weren’t for victims of crime. They weren’t compelling NYPD authorities to comb through the barrio looking for people to arrest and deport. They were requests that the NYPD simply hold onto illegals who had already been arrested for breaking the law. Just keep them in the slammer for a day or two so ICE can come around and gently send them back to their home country as federal law requires. This narrative of illegal immigrants being “scared” to call the cops if the police work with federal authorities is a fairy tale on par with “Voter ID laws prevent black people from voting.” It’s ludicrous.
Here’s the really remarkable part. Not only will the NYPD refuse to hold onto the illegal immigrants THEY arrest, they won’t even hold onto the ones ICE arrests! In a series of tweets from the official ICE account, the federal agency laid into the police department’s reckless policies.
“ICE recently arrested 9 in New York who were illegally in the U.S.,” they wrote. “All were released from NYPD custody with active detainers in place, and had pending criminal charges.”
“ICE Field Office Director Thomas Decker: ‘The release of criminal aliens back on New York City streets continues to pose a dangerous risk to our communities…’” read a follow-up tweet.
Of all the idiot things that Democrats do in this country, this is the one that baffles us the most. We suppose it all comes down to some twisted sort of political calculation, but it saddens us to think that being pro-illegal immigrant CRIMINALS is a politically expedient position to take, even in New York City.