Eighteen Republican state attorneys general urged President Joe Biden in a Thursday letter to reinstate an Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation targeting illegal immigrant sex offenders.
Last month, ICE officials within the Biden administration called off the operation as part of a wider initiative to restrain the immigration agency, The Washington Post reported.
The Trump administration had implemented Operation Talon during its final weeks in an effort to crack down on illegal immigrant sex offenders at large in the U.S.
Attorney General Erich Schmitt of Missouri warned in the letter that “this ill-advised decision threatens to empower sexual predators to victimize women and children in America, and to exacerbate the tragic crisis of sexual assault and sex trafficking among migrant and immigrant communities.
“We urge you to reconsider this decision and restore an aggressive enforcement policy against convicted sexual predators who are unlawfully in the United States.”
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