U.S. Attorney, ICE Official Praise Local, State Cooperation

U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly discusses sanctuary cities during a news conference Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (Photo by Scott Stewart)
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly wants Nebraskans to know the Cornhusker State doesn’t have a sanctuary city.

In a joint news conference with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska praised the strong working relationship among federal prosecutors, immigration authorities and state and local law enforcement.

“The solid cooperation that exists between authorities at every level in Nebraska allows us to have a safer state,” Kelly said.

Shawn Byers, acting field office director for ICE’s regional office in St. Paul, Minnesota, said Nebraska has “no communities that identify as sanctuary jurisdictions.”

Byers and Kelly asserted that the cooperation by local and state officials improves public safety. They cited several examples of crimes committed by people without lawful immigration status, including some who had re-entered the country after being deported.

President Donald Trump railed against sanctuary cities in his State of the Union address. Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that New York would be removed from a “trusted travelers” program because of a new state law blocking federal immigration agencies from quickly accessing motor vehicle records.


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