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Fox News Correspondent Is Furious That Immigrants Are Being Informed Of Their Rights When Approached By ICE

On Thursday, Fox News Correspondent Griff Jenkins complained about the fact that undocumented immigrants know their rights, he claimed that it “makes it harder” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make arrests.

Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins followed Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in Los Angeles as they pursued criminal aliens and detailed the difficulties of making apprehensions in a recent reporting for Fox & Friends. “If you had a criminal warrant from a judge on a specific person, you could go forcibly in, but ICE cannot. They’re abiding by the law,” Jenkins explained Thursday on the morning talk show. 

Earlier this year, Los Angeles declared itself a sancturay city, reaffirming policies for the protection of immigrants’ rights. 

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The city of Los Angeles declared itself a sanctuary city earlier this year. The resolution doesn’t provide any new legal protections for immigrants, but instead reaffirms existing policies, including Special Order 40, which bars Los Angeles police officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether they are in the country legally, as well as Senate Bill 54, which prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from using “money or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.”

Fox & Friends condemned Democratic leaders for sharing information for undocumented immigrants and their families.

“How damaging is it that they put —all these lawmakers in California— put out a how to avoid being arrested by ICE video?” Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Jenkins after playing footage of Jenkins’ reporting from Los Angeles County. 

Kilmeade did not explain what video he is referring to exactly. Following reports of “nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families” back in July, top democrats responded by sharing information about the legal rights that immigrants have when approached by ICE as part of the “know your rights” campaign. During a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared information regarding the differences between warrants that are signed by a judge and the administrative warrants used by ICE. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a video from the National Immigration Law center with information for undocumented immigrants and their family members. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also tweeted a graphic in Spanish outlining what immigrants can do if they are approached by ICE. In addition to these Democtratic leaders, lawyers from the ACLU have also shared information about legal protection for immigrants.

Jenkins and Kilmeade berated Los Angeles lawmakers for supposedly encouraging lawbreaking by sharing information about immigrants’ rights. 

Fox & Friends’ hosts criticized Democratic lawmakers for “telling the people who might get a knock on the door…what to do if ICE shows up” instead of writing legislation; “Makes it a lot harder, Brian, because as you saw in that video, no one has to come out,” Jenkins responded. “Now if you had a criminal warrant from a judge on a specific person, you can go forcibly in, but ICE cannot. They’re abiding by the law. They have an administrative warrant for someone deemed deportable, and so that’s what they’re trying to follow up on. And so that is why they’re very frustrated when lawmakers, particularly, help these illegal criminal aliens to evade being taken into custody when it could be done without all of what you just watched, and done very peacefully and very calmly.”

When did it become a crime to notify people about their rights? 

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It  seems as American as it can get—to make sure everyone’s rights are upheld by the Constitution. Fox & Friends has regularly showed support for president Trump’s policies by depicting undocumented immigrants as a dangerous threat to society and fueling the fear of immigrants. 

Jenkins and Kilmeade’s exchange went on to focus on the topic of sanctuary cities, an issue that Fox News shows discuss on the regular. The Trump administration has authorized ICE to conduct sweeping arrests and has expanded the agency’s focus. ICE is also allowed to make “collateral” deportations in which agents may “detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.” Officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said that “the Trump administration’s goal is to use the operation as a show of force to deter families from approaching the southwestern border.”

While speaking with an ICE official in May, Kilmeade said “city councils who vote on these sanctuary city policies are accomplices to murder.”

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