New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill has sent a long memo to the officers in his department, reminding them to pay no heed to President Trump’s recent orders about turning over illegal aliens to ICE.
Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced that any illegal alien should be deported if they have committed any criminal offense, including traffic offenses, fraudulently obtained government assistance, or using fake Social Security numbers for employment.
New York City is a sanctuary city and has refused to turn illegal aliens over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
O’Neill addressed his internal memo to “the men and women of the New York City Police Department,” and included the following statements:
“The NYPD does not conduct civil immigration enforcement. Specifically, this department does not enforce administrative warrants issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents or federal immigration judges solely in connection with civil immigration violations.”
“For example, the NYPD does not arrest or detain individuals for immigration violations such as overstaying a lawfully issued visa. However, the NYPD does and will continue to honor federal immigration detainers when there is a risk to public safety.”
“It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitation, anxiety or fear.”