Just weeks after President Trump signed an executive order authorizing the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to cut federal funds to sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens, the city of Dayton, Ohio has rescinded their sanctuary policy.
The rescinded order, which prohibited officers from contacting federal immigration authorities in cases involving illegal aliens relative to misdemeanor violations and felony-level property crimes, was removed from city law via a January 25th executive order.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl made clear that the policy update was merely to ensure that his officers would be in compliance with federal immigration law.
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“Our policy is very clear that … we will not stop, we will not detain, we will interview people merely to investigate your immigration status,” he said.
Biehl conveyed that while his department does not have the legal authority to enforce immigration law, the policy change would allow ICE to do their job without obstruction from the police department.
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