By Jared Evan
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins urged members to put politics aside and “stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during raids according to a letter the NY Post discovered.
“[ICE] will be apprehending individuals who are criminally wanted for crimes committed under the United States Code of Laws,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins wrote in a letter sent out recently to union members, who are sergeants in the NYPD. “We, the members of law enforcement, do not write these laws, nor do we engage in the politics and or opinions of the laws”
“I further encourage you to NOT leave any ICE Agent abandoned if in need of assistance and to stand shoulder to shoulder with each agent so that they too can return home safely to their families,” Mullins further states.
“They are members of law enforcement just like you and we must never participate in the politics being applied upon our duty to uphold the law.”
Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence took a swipe at U.S. mayors who announced their opposition to planned immigration raids.
“The entire public is safer when law enforcement works together,” Albence said on Fox News, reacting to several mayors across the country who declared they would not be helping federal immigration authorities locate and apprehend illegal aliens living in their jurisdictions, Daily Caller News Foundation pointed out.
“It’s incredulous that it’s OK for these law enforcement agencies and these jurisdictions to enforce the laws that they’re sworn to uphold, but when we come in to do our enforcement that we’re sworn to uphold, all the sudden it’s a problem”, Albence continued.
The latest to join in on defying federal immigration enforcement by leftist mayors in “sanctuary cities” is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who began to block Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials’ access to the city’s police databases following news of possible raids in Chicago and other major U.S. cities.
Lightfoot said last week that the city has taken steps to ensure that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) will not cooperate with upcoming ICE sweeps that are expected to begin, The Hill reported.
“They will not team up with ICE to detain any resident. We have also cut off ICE access from any CPD databases and that will remain permanent,” she said, adding that she had spoken with the agency’s leadership to object to the planned raids.
“Chicago is and will always be a welcoming city that will never tolerate ICE tearing our families apart,” she said at a recent press conference.
ICE would be restricted from seeing the department’s incident narratives, arrest information, crime mapping systems and other databases, according to The Hill.
In addition to far-left leaning mayors, many high-profile Democrat figures have literally instructed illegals how to evade federal immigration officials. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example, said during her weekly press conference on July 11 that a deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant and that illegal immigrants should simply not open the door if an agent comes knocking, Daily Caller News Foundation reported
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