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02-02-2018, 06:06 PM
The head of U.S. immigration law enforcement issued a new directive this week ordering immigration officers to target criminal aliens appearing in courthouses across the country. The move is seen by some as a slap against sanctuary jurisdictions where officers are not allowed to pickup up illegal aliens in the safe confines of a jail.

A new directive released this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials calls for targeting criminal aliens in courthouses anywhere in the U.S. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan signed the order on January 10.

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials routinely engage in enforcement activity in courthouses throughout the country because many individuals appearing in courthouses for one matter are wanted for unrelated criminal or civil violations,” Director Homan wrote in the police directive. “ICE’s enforcement activities in these same courthouses are wholly consistent with longstanding law enforcement practices, nationwide. And, courthouse arrests are often necessitated by the unwillingness of jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE in the transfer of custody of aliens from their prisons and jails.”