NYC police union blasts Mayor de Blasio over sanctuary policies

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NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association president voiced support for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ on Friday, while firing back at Mayor Bill de Blasio for refusing to comply with Trump’s deportation policies.

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association in New York City, posted a statement via Facebook on Friday that “Sessions is absolutely correct to hold New York and other jurisdictions accountable for their so-called ‘sanctuary policies.’”

“For a long time, Mayor De Blasio and the NYPD’s leadership have failed to heed the warning that refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials when it comes to criminals and suspected terrorists would have consequences beyond making our City less safe. They have placed officers in an impossible Catch-22: between obeying the directives and orders of their superiors and elected officials on one hand, and the obligation they feel to follow the direction of the law and to cooperate with federal immigration officials on the other,” Mullins said.

Mullins went on to say, “Now the City’s intransigence has placed in jeopardy millions in U.S. Department of Justice grant funds that we count on to help protect our communities. Despite what some politicians may think, law enforcement does not get to choose the laws we uphold, and it is our sworn duty to enforce all laws equally and without bias or preference. Attorney General Sessions is absolutely correct to hold New York and other jurisdictions accountable for their so-called ‘sanctuary policies.’ I just hope the Mayor will finally come to his senses and stop ignoring and harboring violent criminals before it’s too late.” reported Friday that Department of Justice put at least nine “sanctuary” jurisdictions on notice–New York City being among the list of recipents– should they fail to comply with federal laws that require them to communicate with federal officials in the detainment of illegal aliens. New York City was also targeted in the letter as having a “soft on crime stance.”

“The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels. New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s ‘soft on crime’ stance.  And just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next,” the statement said.

The letters from the Justice Department warn the sanctuary cities that not adhering to the federal law could result in losing certain federal grants if they are found to be in violation of Section 1373 agreements.

Statute 8 USC § 1373 prohibits local and state governments from enacting laws or policies that limit communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement [and] Customs and Border Protection about “information regarding … immigration or citizenship status.”

After receiving the letter, Mayor De Blasio and Commissioner O’Neil were both outraged and took aim at Sessions, with the mayor telling reporters: “It is unacceptable, it is outrageous and it is absurd.”

Ian Prior, principal deputy director of public affairs at the Justice Department, said in response to the Mayor and Commissioner O’Neil comments,  “As made very clear in the department’s release, it is New York City’s policies that are soft on crime.”

Sessions then clarified that his statements were directed at New York City’s mayor over sanctuary city policies. “New York has done some great things in criminal justice; they are following policies that have proven to reduce crime in America,” he said. “We have a disagreement with the mayor over sanctuary city policies.”

H/T: The Daily Caller

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