Hernando Among 17 Florida Sheriff’s Offices Joining ICE Program to Hold Criminal Illegal Aliens
REGIONAL – Several Florida Counties have come under fire in the last few years, due to a quasi-government organization’s assertion that they were considered sanctuary jurisdictions. Sheriff’s in most counties vehemently denied the accusation and they were eventually removed from the organization’s list.
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Denise Moloney stated in 2015, “This group bases their assertion on plain inaccuracies. First, this nonofficial group falsely labeled Hernando County as a sanctuary city due to the fact that we require probable cause supported by an affidavit or a warrant from a judge to hold a suspected alien.” Moloney goes on to say, “The casual observer associates a sanctuary city with a city such as San Francisco, who is touted as having no regard whatsoever for immigration laws. To group Hernando County into the same category is reckless.”
Law enforcement agencies around the state are caught in a quandary between protecting the community from crimes committed by illegal aliens and violating the rights of legal residents. During a press conference in Pinellas County yesterday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed a new plan to assist Sheriff’s Offices in detaining suspected illegal aliens without fear of being sued for violating the Fourth Amendment.
“This process will result in fewer criminal aliens released to the street. It’s as simple as that,” said ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan. “The stronger our partnerships are with local law enforcement, the better we can execute ICE’s public safety mission and protect our communities.”
The BOA will allow participating agencies who receive ICE detainer warrants to hold suspected illegal aliens for up to 48-hours after they post bond or complete their sentences. This will give ICE agents enough time pickup the detainee and process them for deportation.
The highly respected and controversial Polk Count Sheriff, Grady Judd was overjoyed with the decision, as he explained why something had to be done to stop the catch and release of illegal aliens. Judd said, “This BOA is a return to the rule of law. We don’t create the law, we don’t interpret the law, the people of this country expect us to enforce the law.” Judd provided several examples of illegal aliens who were arrested in his jurisdiction numerous times, only to be released back into the community to commit more crimes. Judd explained that many of these illegal aliens spend decades behind bars in the United States on the back of the taxpayer, “when they should have never been here at all.”
“Today’s agreement makes our communities, neighborhoods – and our nation – safer. Suffering will be reduced, and lives will be saved. The immigration detainer issue has been difficult and challenging. Under this new process, sheriffs holding illegal criminal aliens in their jails and prisons are afforded liability protection from potential litigation when faithfully executing public safety duties. America’s more than 3,000 Sheriffs across the nation are grateful to the administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the superior leadership of Deputy Director Homan, for listening and working with us to advance and implement this commonsense solution,” NSA CEO and Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said.”
Sheriff Al Nienhuis attended the event along with 16 other County Sheriff’s who have agreed to participate in the program. Those counties include, Pinellas, Lee, Manatee, Bay, Walton, Brevard, Polk, Indian River, Charlotte, Monroe, Sarasota, Columbia, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Hillsborough and Pasco.
Officials hope to expand those numbers with other agencies around Florida over the next year.
The entire press conference can be viewed by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07sI4t_eBqU&feature=youtu.be
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