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AZ Sheriff: DHS Memo ‘Basically Instructing’ Agents Not to Enforce Immigration Law

AZ Sheriff: DHS Memo ‘Basically Instructing’ Agents Not to Enforce Immigration Law

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Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu (R) reported that a November 20th memo from the Department of Homeland Security was “basically instructing all federal agents and officers that they will not enforce immigration law,” and that “the release from prison has already started,” based on a call he received from ICE officials that they were releasing illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in his county on Monday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” 

Babeu, who released the memo on Monday, characterized it as “basically instructing all federal agents and officers that they will not enforce immigration law. And it goes into great detail talking about prosecutorial discretion and saying only if, that the priority is if they committed murder, rape any of these serious violent felonies, that’s the priority and it essentially gives a pass to the 20 million illegals who are here.” And was a declaration to federal officials that “you’re not going to be arresting anybody anymore.”

He also reported that it was “correct” that offenders like drunk drivers, sex offenders and drug and gun offenders were not top priorities and could stay in the US [such offenses are considered priority 2 offenses and should not be removed if they qualify for relief under US law, or are judged by officials to not be a threat to “national security, border security, or public safety”] “and they have been, they’ve released right in my county, Pinal County, Arizona released close to 500 criminals that were on their way to deportation this past year. Two of them were charged with murder, multiple convictions for child molestation, aggravated assault, armed robbery.”

Babeu also reported that “the release from prison has already started, this weekend, I got a call from ICE officials here and it’s happening around the country…come to find out, they started releasing, they released up to 50 right here in my county…all across the country they’re releasing them from prison,” adding that these offenders were the “worst of the worst.”

Babeu further stated “He [Obama] didn’t put us first he put people from a foreign country who disrespected our law, disrespected our process, and now they’re going to be all eligible, lawfully, not just for Social Security cards, but for work permits, welfare, and housing.” And “people shouldn’t be scratching their heads, wondering why my deputies when we’re arresting people here for state crimes that they freely admit they’ve been deported 10 times, 14 times, 16 times, because there’s no consequence, there is no law when it comes to immigration.”

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett


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