Illegal immigrants—no matter who or where they are—are subject to arrest, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said Tuesday. This includes victims of crime, witnesses to those crimes, and those in a courthouse.
DHS spokesman David Lapan said at a news briefing that some of those victims and witnesses could be criminal immigrants themselves who pose a threat to the country or have been ordered to leave the U.S. in the past.
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His comments come as local officials have spoken out against ICE agents making arrests in courthouses, arguing that targeting illegal immigrants there will deter some from coming forward to report crime or cooperate in investigations.
Los Angeles officials, for example, are already attributing a drop in reported crimes to President Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown. […]
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said last month that his city has seen a 25 percent decrease in the number of
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