The head of the NYPD sergeants union, Ed Mullins, lambasted New York’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio and NYC Police Commissioner James O’Neill for their failure to comply with President Donald Trump’s immigration policies regarding deportation. Ed Mullins spoke out during an interview on John Catsimatidis’ “The Cats Roundtable” AM 970 radio show on Sunday and said those who are here illegally and commit crimes, no matter the severity, do not deserve to stay in this country.
“It’s almost like the world is upside-down right now,” Mullins said. “The people who are committing crimes, they don’t belong in the country.”
Currently, New York City refuses to turn in illegal immigrants until they are accused of one of 170 serious crimes. The Department of Homeland Security under President Trump has issued deportation policies which require any undocumented person who is charged with a crime to be deported. Under the Trump administration, people using false Social Security numbers in order to work or those who illegally receive government assistance are subject to deportation.
“We can’t ignore people who commit crimes and facilitate an atmosphere of harboring them because we want to get votes in an election year. It’s just terrible to do that,” Mullins said. “If you’re arrested, you commit a misdemeanor, you commit felonies — why are we going to tolerate this?”
Last week, the NY Daily News reported that O’Neill stated in a memo that NYPD officers would not follow Trump’s new deportation directives.
“It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitation, anxiety or fear,” O’Neill said.
Mullins says the cops he speaks to want to enforce Trump’s policies.
“Make no mistake about it, the members of law enforcement in the NYPD want to cooperate with ICE. I speak to cops every day — they want to cooperate with ICE, they want to work with fellow law enforcement agents,” Mullins said.
“There is a moral obligation, and as the chief law enforcement officer of the city, you yourself have to be able to follow the direction of law. We don’t get to participate in the laws that we want,” Mullins continued. “That’s total lunacy.”