Americans Overwhelmingly Want Local Law Enforcement To Cooperate With U.S. Homeland Security, Transfer Arrested Illegal Immigrants To Federal Custody

Americans Overwhelmingly Want Local Law Enforcement To Cooperate With U.S. Homeland Security, Transfer Arrested Illegal Immigrants To Federal Custody

Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ), chair of the National Sheriffs' Association Border Security Committee, discusses the latest TIPP Poll results on cooperation between local law enforcement and US Homeland Security.

Sheriff Mark Dannels
Sheriff Mark Dannels

Americans prefer a stricter approach when arresting alleged criminals and a slightly softer approach when arresting migrants who are here illegally but have not engaged in criminal activity, according to a survey by TechnoMetrica's TIPP Poll for the National Sheriffs’ Association, completed recently.

Several states and local jurisdictions are currently sanctuaries where local law enforcement does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  This includes a new California policy being considered that would broaden the sanctuary status in the state.  The Biden administration’s nationwide immigration policies have brought interior immigration enforcement to a near standstill.  They also stop or greatly reduce cooperation between sheriffs and other local law enforcement and federal law enforcement. DHS recently announced a reexamination of the successful 287(g) partnership, with an eye towards reducing or eliminating it. The program has kept communities safe for several years and is the backbone of local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The bottom line, these non-cooperation policies are not popular with the American public, and opposition to the policies crosses party lines. The true independent and moderate approach to immigration enforcement is to have good cooperation between state and federal officials.

Illegal Migrants Who Are Alleged Criminals

Over six in 10 Americans want local law enforcement to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and detain alleged criminals in their custody. The thinking is uniform across the board.

TIPP Poll Results How Should The US Handle The Border - Chart

A majority across party and ideology supports the idea:

  • 52% of Democrats
  • 75% of Republicans
  • 67% of independents
  • 68% of conservatives
  • 61% of moderates
  • 58% of liberals
TIPP Poll How Should The US Deal With Illegal Immigrants At Border - Chart

Also, the data shows no difference in support between the Border States (59%) and other states (61%).

Illegal Migrants Low-Risk To Commit Crime

A plurality of Americans (41%) believe local law enforcement should notify ICE and release low-risk individuals into the community.  35% want law enforcement to notify and detain them.

TIPP Poll, How To Deal With Migrants With Low Risk For Crime - Chart

There are differences along party and ideological lines here.  Democrats and liberals prefer to release, while Republicans and conservatives favor detention:

  • 55% of Democrats want to release, and 25% want detention
  • 63% of liberals wish to release, and 22% want detention
  • 22% of Republicans want to release, and 57% want detention
  • 33% of conservatives want to release, and 52% want detention
  • 43% of independents want to release, and 32% want detention
  • 40% of moderates want to release and, 31% want detention
TIPP Poll, Migrants With Low Risk For Crime Along Party And Ideology - Chart

Interestingly those living in the Border States (49%) tend to support community release more than those in non-border states (39%).

Cooperation between state and federal officials is essential for a truly independent and moderate approach to immigration enforcement.

About The Survey

TechnoMetrica conducted the TIPP Poll, an online survey for the National Sheriffs' Association, from May 26 to May 28.  The nationwide study had a sample of 1,305 Americans, 18 or older, and TechnoMetrica's network of panel partners provided the study sample. Upon the study completion, TechnoMetrica weighted the study dataset by gender, age, race, education, and geographical region to mirror known benchmarks such as the U.S. Census. The credibility interval (CI) for the survey is +/- 2.8 percentage points, meaning the study is accurate to within ± 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been surveyed. Subgroups based on gender, age, ethnicity, and region have higher credibility intervals due to smaller sample sizes.

Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ) is the Chair of the National Sheriffs’ Association Border Security Committee.


TIPP Takes

Twitter Symbol

Twitter has lost the coveted “safe harbor” immunity in India over its failure to appoint statutory officers on its role in line with the new IT rules.

The company’s top executives, including its India MD, may now face police questioning and criminal liability under the Indian Penal Code over ‘unlawful’ and ‘inflammatory’ content posted on the platform by any user.

It is the only U.S. platform to have lost the protective shield granted under Section 79 of the IT Act.

Other companies like Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc., that still enjoy the protection had to appoint statutory officers.

The GOI had on June 5 issued “one last notice” to Twitter, asking it to comply with the statutory provisions under the new IT rules.

The company had then assured the government that it would make the appointment in a week. Instead, even the latest deadline has now been missed.


Middle Powers Japan And Australia Lift Relationship To New Heights

Prime Minister Of Australia Scott Morrison And Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga
Prime Minister Of Australia Scott Morrison And Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga

Quasi allies seek to augment U.S. relationship but also hedge against abandonment.

Both Australia and Japan have clearly shifted away from Beijing and aligned with Washington.

But the two countries have not been able to banish their fear of U.S. abandonment, ever conscious that a future U.S. president may not be as committed to the region or as embracing of America's allies as the current White House occupant.

The two sides agreed to sign a reciprocal-access agreement at the earliest possible opportunity. The agreement will make it easier for ADF soldiers to move freely in Japan and vice versa.

Quietly surfacing in the Indo-Pacific is a handful of new groupings of middle powers. They include an initiative between Japan, India, and Australia to achieve supply-chain resilience in the Indo-Pacific region while reducing trade dependence on China.

Another is the Australia-India-Indonesia trilateral dialogue addressing a wide range of topics, including illegal fishing and counterterrorism.


Could This Nuclear-Based Approach Curb Rhino-Poaching?

White Rhino

In South Africa, researchers from the University of Witwatersrand initiated a nuclear-based approach that could help drastically reduce the poaching of rhinos.

By introducing harmless amounts of radioactive isotopes into their horns, researchers aim to make them more detectable when crossing international borders, which should decrease their demand on the market.

The Rhisotope project is carried out in collaboration with several international partners - the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Colorado State University (USA), ROSATOM (Russian Federation), and the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa). It aims to stop the rhino horn trade, which, despite being illegal and banned internationally, continues to this day.

A kilogram of it can be valued at about $50,000, the Rhisotope Project says.

According to the South African Department for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, 394 rhinos were poached in South Africa during 2020.

At the current rate, wild rhinos could be extinct in less than 8 to 10 years.


Buddhist Monk Takes Up Arms Against The Myanmar Junta

Buddhist Monk Kaythara In Military Gear

Monk Kaythara goes from preaching not to kill to learn how to kill.

Former Buddhist monk Kaythara, who now goes by the name George Michael, left the monkhood and took up arms in response to the arrests and killings of fellow monks who joined protests against the military regime that overthrew the elected government in February.

Authorities in the liberated area where Kaythara went for military training argued against his participation because he was a veteran monk. But they eventually relented, and he began training with an ethnic armed group in a location he declined to disclose for fear of endangering other soldiers.

Now that he has completed his military training, Kaythara is a ranking officer. However, he said he is reluctant to confront Myanmar soldiers in battle because of his previous religious vow not to kill.

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