If Not “Sanctuaries,” Then What?
Carlos M Vizcarra

Thank you for the article. I just wanted to add a comment on this piece:

“An important point to remember is that even local police can detain immigrants for violations in some circumstances. This is because while state and local police are likely precluded from enforcing civil immigration violations, e.g. unlawful presence, an admission that someone entered the country illegally is evidence of a criminal violation.”

I would just add that admitting having illegally entered the country would also trigger another enforcement priority for ICE for having “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense” under the President’s new priorities. This is yet another reason for people to exercise their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent until they speak to an attorney upon any encounter with law enforcement.

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