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Mayor Gray (Pretty Much) Tells ICE To Shove It

Following in the footsteps of previous District mayors, Vince Gray signed an executive order declaring that D.C. police won't collect or share information about the legal status of immigrant arrestees with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reports the Post:

Under the new guidelines, which Gray signed while surrounded by Hispanic and African immigrants, D.C. police and corrections officials will not ask those they come in contact with about their immigration status. District police also will not enforce an ICE detainer or warrant issued against someone who has not committed another crime.

Police and jail officials are forbidden from contacting ICE to have the agency investigate the legal status of someone who has been arrested.

Of course, this doesn't mean the FBI—which receives fingerprints when major crimes are committed—won't forward them to ICE, which can still deport undocumented immigrants under its "Secure Communities" program.

Photo by stevendepolo via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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  • LazloZ

    If the Post report is to be believed, soon the FBI may be arresting Mayor Gray himself for various charges related to his election campaign.

  • Typical DC BS

    Good thing our wonderful elected officials get to decide which laws they will enforce and which ones they won't.

    We get the dreck that we deserve. Their drivel that booting the illegals out is somehow wrong is utterly ridiculous.

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  • John

    This is great news! Thank you Mayor for being a true Democrat and signing the Executive Order Fenty never did.

  • Jack David Farr

    ICE and MPD not allowed to share information? Ok, I get it. This makes sense. If a serious crime occurs at the hands of a undocumented person that had already been arrested for another crime, but was allowed to stay because no one was allowed to find out that the person was here illegally, Mayor Gray should not be immune from the consequences.