DHS won’t rule out arresting illegal immigrant crime victims, witnesses

The DHS can’t promise that illegal immigrants will not be arrested if they come forward to report they have been a victim of a crime or a witness to one, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Some victims and witnesses themselves are potentially criminal immigrants who may pose a threat to the country, David Lapan, a spokesman from DHS said at a news briefing.

Lapan added that immigration arrest in courthouses are necessary because some jurisdictions will not cooperate with requests to alert federal agencies.

Los Angeles officials, for example, are already attributing a drop in reported crimes to President Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown. These officials fear the threat of arrests can deter victims from reporting crimes or witnesses from cooperating in investigations.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said last month that his city has seen a 25 percent decrease in the number of sexual assaults reported by Latinos living in the city and a drop of about 10 percent in the number of reported domestic violence cases since Trump took office.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also defended the practice of arresting these immigrants at courthouses in a letter last month to the chief justice of the California Supreme Court.

“Because courthouse visitors are typically screened upon entry to search for weapons and other contraband, the safety risks for arresting officers and persons being arrested are substantially decreased,” Kelly and Sessions wrote.

Fox News

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2 Comments

  1. janice

    A Drop In Crime-25% In Sexual Assault’s Reported By Latino’s Living In The City And A Drop Of About 10% In The Number Of Domestic Violence Cases In LA According To Chief Of Police Charlie Beck? Okay…….What Percentage Of Those Percentage’s Or If There’s More Than That Are They Doctoring Up The Report’s Of Any Crime Committed? Huh? American’s, It’s A Proven Fact It Has Been Rough Out There, For Quite Some Time Now! Sound’s Very Fishy!

  2. janice

    As For The Arresting Of Illegal Immigrant-Criminal’s At The Court House……Go On Ahead And Arrest Them All And Deport Them! There’s No Place In America For Criminal Element!

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