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De Blasio’s new line in the sand

Mayor Bill de Blasio has already laid bare his feelings regarding the newfound push to enforce federal immigration law. With backing from the New York Police Department commissioner, he continues to resist any and all efforts to deport undocumented immigrants in the city he rules.

He has drawn yet another line in his battle with federal enforcement of immigration law.

However, is his strong stance and new policy even necessary?

Agents who show up at New York City public schools will be turned away without a court-ordered warrant. The NYC mayor vowed that they would be kept outside buildings. School staff will first be allowed to assess the situation, contact the NYPD, and consult with city legal authorities.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency fails to see the point of the mayor’s mandate. Officials countered that the mayor’s newest decree is misguided since schools and churches are generally off limits to ICE agents. Sensitive locations are deliberately avoided and require prior approval from an appropriate official.

Additionally, other circumstances must exist that would require immediate action.

According to ICE, people participating in activities or using services at these sensitive locations should be free to do so without fear or hesitation.

NYPD school safety officers check identification for all officials. New York’s most powerful elected official wants similar guidelines for ICE agents, even though he confesses to zero incidences of immigration officials showing up at schools.

The clash between federal officials and local government authorities continue, making immigration law a more than fluid issue that continues to change.

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