New York City’s Sergeants Benevolent Association’s (SBA) boss is not pleased with the NYC mayor’s sanctuary city status.
Ed Mullins, the SBA president, slammed Mayor de Blasio and NYPD commissioner James O’Neill for their blatant and outright refusal to assist federal authorities with President Trump’s deportation policies.
On Sunday, Mullins told John Catsimatidis of AM 970 Radio in NYC, “It’s almost like the world is upside-down right now. The people who are committing crimes, they don’t belong in the country.”
As per Commissioner O’Neill’s department memo, with the exception of 170 serious crimes, the city refuses to turn over unauthorized immigrants who have been arrested in response to detainer requests from the feds. The city also requires a judge’s warrant to hand someone over.
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President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security deportation policy specifically states that any undocumented immigrant charged with any crime or violation of law, regardless of its severity, will be a priority for deportation.
Trump’s policy also targets people in the U.S. illegally who receive government assistance or use false Social Security numbers to work.
Mullins said that despite the NYPD commissioner’s attitude toward immigration, there are many officers on the streets who want to assist federal authorities.
“Make no mistake about it, the members of law enforcement in the NYPD want to cooperate with ICE. I speak to cops every day — they want to cooperate with ICE, they want to work with fellow law enforcement agents.
“We can’t ignore people who commit crimes and facilitate an atmosphere of harboring them because we want to get votes in an election year. It’s just terrible to do that. If you’re arrested, you commit a misdemeanor, you commit felonies — why are we going to tolerate this?”
In Commissioner O’Neil’s defiant memo, it also stated that cops would not enforce administrative warrants issued by federal immigration officials to pick up people here illegally.
According to O’Neill, “It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitation, anxiety or fear.”
Mullins disagrees completely and makes his point this way:
“There is a moral obligation, and as the chief law enforcement officer of the city, you yourself have to be able to follow the direction of law. We don’t get to participate in the laws that we want. That’s total lunacy.”
Trump can decide to pull federal funding from New York City because of its lack of cooperation and status as a “sanctuary city,” and that amount of federal funding is quite extensive.
Mullins warned of the dangerous ramifications this policy may incur if someone released by the city instead of being turned over ends up being dangerous.
“If a member of law enforcement is killed or a member of the public is killed, well that public official that plays this game or that members of law enforcement that play this game, they better be prepared to answer for that. And this will no doubt some time along the line happen, because we’ve seen it happen across the country.”
NYPD deputy commissioner Stephen Davis stood up for Commissioner O’Neill, saying:
“Police Commissioner O’Neill does not need a lesson on morality from Sgt. Ed Mullins, but rather Mullins could use some education about what really drives crime in New York City and how to best deal with it. It is the NYPD’s moral obligation to keep all New Yorkers safe. In doing this, 2016 saw record lows for crime. This is something that we continue to focus on while building the trust of our communities, all communities.”
H/T: NY Daily News
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