The federal government “abandoned” local sheriffs and police departments on immigration, leaving them in a legal limbo and spurring their embrace of sanctuary policies, said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s office lashed out at Homeland Security after its No. 2 official, Ken Cuccinelli, sent a scorching letter complaining about a new policy refusing all cooperation in turning migrants over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Lt. John Satterfield, the sheriff’s spokesman, told The Washington Times that Mr. Cuccinelli played loose with his numbers and seemed to be making retaliation “threats” to arrest more immigrants who are in the county illegally.
“ICE abandoned its law enforcement partners long ago,” Lt. Satterfield said in a lengthy response to The Times after it reported on Mr. Cuccinelli’s letter earlier this month.
The finger-pointing underscores how much is at stake in the debate over deportations and sanctuary jurisdictions.
ICE says it wants cooperation, and said it goes out of