Officials in Middlesex County in New Jersey are denying that they are technically a sanctuary county, but the fact remains that officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement rounded up 37 illegal aliens with criminal records there recently.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 37 people in Middlesex County, including 16 people who were released from the Middlesex County Jail, officials said in a news release. ICE blasted the county for not cooperating with federal law enforcement.
“Middlesex County, which aspires to be a ‘sanctuary county’ by protecting criminal aliens, in the process assists criminals in undermining federal law, and creates a dangerous environment in the community,” Ruben Perez, acting field office director of Enforcement and Removal Operations in the agency’s Newark office, said in a statement.
For its part, Middlesex County officials were quick to deny sanctuary status.
“To the contrary, Middlesex County has adopted a policy regarding interaction with ICE by county corrections and sheriff’s department personnel which provides that the county will honor a detainer request from ICE if the inmate has previously been convicted of a first or second degree offense or was the subject of a Final Order of Deportation signed by a federal judge,” officials said. “By honoring these detainer requests the county has as its primary goal the protection of the public safety of our residents.”
And yet, the county did not honor the retainer requests for the illegal aliens who ranged in age from 21 to 68 and hailed from countries south of the border, in the Caribbean Islands, and from Africa and India.
Sanctuary status is very popular in locations run by bleeding heart liberals. The problem is that by sheltering criminals, Americans, those who pay the salaries of the elected officials, end up being the victims of crime committed by people in the country illegally. This is what ICE is fighting, and a good part of the reason why there are calls for the federal department to be abolished.