On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it cannot guarantee that illegal aliens who report they have been a victim of — or a witness to — a crime will not be arrested themselves.
DHS spokesman David Lapan said some victims and witnesses are also possibly criminal illegals who may pose a threat to the country. Therefore, arresting them inside of courthouses is necessary, as many jurisdictions do not cooperate with requests to alert federal agencies.
While many defend this practice, others say it reduces the number of crimes reported.
For example, Los Angeles officials are associating a drop in reported crimes by illegal aliens with President Trump’s immigration policies, stating that fears of being arrested are deterring victims and witnesses from coming forward.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that in March, the city saw a 25 percent decrease in the amount of reported cases of sexual assault, as well as around a 10 percent decrease of reported cases of domestic assault, by Latinos living in L.A.
However, in a March letter to the chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the system of arresting illegal aliens at courthouses due to the increased safety it provides to both officers and crime victims.
“Because courthouse visitors are typically screened upon entry to search for weapons and other contraband, the safety risks for arresting officers and persons being arrested are substantially decreased.”
H/T: Fox News
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