By law and custom, the power to regulate immigration resides in Washington, even when Donald Trump is president, and even when Andrew Cuomo is governor of New York.
Hence why US Attorney General William Barr is now moving against a particularly ugly challenge to federal immigration primacy. Good for him.
And even Cuomo, usually so combative on the issue, seems to get it: He is traveling to Washington Thursday, apparently to concede the point to Trump face-to-face.
At issue is the so-called sanctuary movement, whereby states and localities that have embraced progressive contempt for the law declare themselves to be exempt from its reach, and then start to act that way. They refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officers, often obstructing deportations of criminal aliens and otherwise hamstringing enforcement efforts.
Innocent people pay the price for such interference, including 92-year-old Maria Fuertes of Queens, raped and murdered last month allegedly by a man set free by the NYPD despite an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request that he be held for deportation. Barr noticed this.
“Local police in New York City had the alien in custody,” said Barr Monday, but they “ignored the [ICE] detainer, so the alien was released into the streets, and then last month he allegedly raped and murdered … Feurtes, affectionately known as ‘abuelita,’ a fixture in her neighborhood.”
So where’s the justice there? There is none, of course — and Barr has had enough.
“So-called ‘progressive’ politicians are jeopardizing the public’s safety by putting the interests of criminal aliens before those of law-abiding citizens,” continued Barr. “Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”
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