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ICE’s Empty Threat

Senator Sessions’ rebuke of ICE’s despicable threat to refuse to take into custody illegal aliens arrested by Arizona police is well deserved, but ultimately moot. As I wrote last month when hard-left Rep. Raul Grijalva first suggested this course of action for ICE, there is no chance this is going to actually happen.

Imagine that ICE followed through on its threat. Before being forced to release them, Arizona would record all the details of each alien ICE turns away. Then, when one of the released illegal immigrants committed a crime, there would be so great a cry throughout the land that the White House would surely change its policy — but only after a PR nightmare. They may be socialists, but they can’t be that stupid.

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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