President Joe Biden has made it a clear objective to revoke or undo as many achievements of his predecessor as possible in the first days of his administration.
According to recent reports, this effort includes canceling a special enforcement program launched under President Donald Trump that specifically facilitated the arrest and removal of noncitizens previously convicted of sex offenses.
“Exacerbate the tragic crises”
The relatively quiet end of Operation Talon is not going over well among many Americans — including a group of 18 state attorneys general.
In a letter to Biden, the officials demanded that the program be immediately reinstituted. They also directed the statement to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tae Johnson.
Leading the charge is Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt, as reported by Fox News.
“This ill-advised decision threatens to empower sexual predators to victimize women and children in America, and to exacerbate the tragic crises of sexual assault and sex trafficking among migrant and immigrant communities,” the letter stated.
As a result, the letter’s signers included a plea for the Biden administration to “reconsider this decision and restore an aggressive enforcement policy against convicted sexual predators who are unlawfully present in the United States.”
“A sanctuary jurisdiction for sexual predators”
Also included in the letter were statistics regarding the prevalence of convicted sex offenders residing unlawfully in the U.S., noting that the reported numbers were likely significantly lower than the true figures.
Ending Operation Talon belies the president’s claims to be concerned for the safety and well-being of immigrant communities, the letter went on to argue, leaving such individuals at an elevated risk of victimization.
“The cancellation of this program effectively broadcasts to the world that the United States is now a sanctuary jurisdiction for sexual predators,” the letter said.
Furthermore, the top state prosecutors said Biden’s decision provides a “perverse incentive” for foreign sexual offenders to enter the U.S. and continue violating the law.
“It will also broadcast the message to other criminal aliens who have committed other offenses that any kind of robust enforcement against them is unlikely,” the letter continued. “If the United States will not remove even convicted sex offenders, whom will it remove?”