Suffolk County Sheriff Reverses Sanctuary Policy Before Trump Takes Office

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A New York county has announced that it is reversing its sanctuary policy only weeks before President-Elect Trump is set to be inaugurated.

Sheriff Vincent DeMarco announced that his county will no longer demand a judge’s order before detaining an illegal immigrant wanted by federal agents for deportation, a major move to distance the county from its ranks of being a sanctuary city, according to Newsday.  The reversal is happening in short order before Trump is expected to take office and dismantle sanctuary city policies.

DeMarco states that this policy reversal came after careful “legal analysis” and had nothing to do with the incoming Trump administration and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who are likely to have legal battles with locals that fail to comply with federal immigration law. DeMarco also said that he believed the call to deport illegal immigrants “who entered the country illegally and have committed crimes and have been convicted of crimes” is considered “good public policy because it focuses on criminals,” reports Breitbart.

In the aftermath of this sanctuary policy reversal, seven illegal immigrants who were living in Suffolk County have been taken into custody since December 1st.

Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive, also echoed Trump’s proposal to deport illegal immigrants when he said, “I opposed open-ended detainer requests because, among other things, they placed an enormous burden on local government to spend millions on incarceration to cover unfunded mandates.” Bellone told Newsday, “Suffolk County works closely with federal law enforcement, and a limited, 48-hour detainer represents a step in the right direction.”

In an interview with Newsday, Dan Cadman with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) stated that he anticipates more counties will reverse their sanctuary policies in response to Trump’s legal fight against illegal immigration.

“I mean, let’s face it . . . a new administration is coming in and the new administration has said, unambiguously, they’re going to take an entirely different and harder approach toward sanctuaries,” Cadman told Newsday. “I don’t think that many counties and many county sheriffs and some police departments want to be between the hammer and the anvil.”

H/T: Breitbart News

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