U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence says sanctuary city policies threaten public safety.
During a White House press briefing on Thrusday, Albence also called on residence to hold local lawmakers accountable.
“As law enforcement professionals, it is frustrating to see senseless acts of violence and other criminal activity happen in our communities, knowing ICE could have prevented them with just a little cooperation,” Albence stated. “To the public, who want to live and raise your families in safe neighborhoods, we ask you to hold your lawmakers accountable before you, or someone you love, is unnecessarily victimized by a criminal ICE could have removed from the country.”
Albence added 'sanctuary cities' may force ICE agents to be more visible in those areas due to their refusal to cooperate.