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Suspension of Fairfax County Police Officer for Cooperating with ICE Violates Federal Law, Undermines Public Safety, Says FAIR

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), in response to the suspension of a Fairfax County, Virginia police officer for cooperating with ICE after a traffic stop:

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. Visit FAIR's website at www.fairus.org . (PRNewsFoto/FAIR)

"Fairfax County clearly and unambiguously violated federal law and undermined public safety when it suspended a county policy officer for detaining an illegal alien driver until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrived after the illegal alien had been involved in an accident.

"The illegal alien in question not only failed to possess a valid driver's license but had an outstanding warrant issued by ICE for failing to show up for a deportation hearing.

"The officer, who was following his duty to protect the public by cooperating with federal immigration authorities, has been suspended because Fairfax County honors sanctuary policies. These policies prohibit the cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration officials, which is violating Title 8, Section 133 of the U.S. Code.

"Specifically, sanctuary policies violate the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that prohibits state and local governments from restricting their employees from sharing and receiving information regarding illegal aliens with the federal government. Sanctuary policies that shield criminal aliens from the administration of federal law conflict with the execution of immigration law as Congress intended.

"Furthermore, sanctuary policies clearly threaten public safety, as they allow criminal and illegal aliens to be turned back onto the streets instead of being removed.  There are countless tales from Angel Families who have needlessly lost loved ones due to the carnage left by criminal and illegal aliens.  All of these deaths were preventable through better immigration enforcement.

"The American public deserves the full protection of both federal and local law enforcement, including immigration enforcement. When all arms of law enforcement are able to work together, the public and the nation benefits."

Contact: Matthew Tragesser, mtragesser@fairus.org or 202-328-7004

ABOUT FAIR        

Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 2 million members and supporters nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.

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SOURCE Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)