The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security criticized a California Chief Justice who recently accused federal immigration agents of “stalking” illegal immigrants at the state’s courthouses.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly were not happy with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, saying her comments are “particularly troubling.”
“Are you aware…, stalking has a specific legal meaning in American law, which describes criminal activity involving repetitive following or harassment of the victim with the intent to produce fear of harm,” Mr. Sessions and Mr. Kelly said, adding that it has always been legal for agents to arrest illegal aliens in public.
Cantil-Sakauye reportedly accused the Trump administration of tracking down illegal immigrants at state’s courthouses, but Sessions and Kelly made it clear that the agents are simply doing their job.
Illegal aliens inside of courthouses have already been screened for weapons, which leads Sessions to believe this is the reason some ICE agents gravitate towards that area — for safety purposes. Sanctuary cities release illegal aliens back into the community, protecting them from ICE agents and deportation.
“As a result, ICE officers and agents are required to locate and arrest these aliens in public places, rather than in secure jail facilities where the risk of injury to the public, the alien, and the officer is significantly increased because the alien can more readily access a weapon, resist arrest, or flee,” Mr. Sessions and Mr. Kelly said.
The officials went on to say that ICE agents make arrests “predicated on investigation and targeting of specific persons who have been identified by ICE and other law enforcement agencies as subject to arrest for violations of federal law.”
H/T: Washington Times
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