Deep Gulasekaram spoke to Buzzfeed News about ICE plastering billboards about immigration and against sanctuary policies around the swing state of Pennsylvania. Billboards have previously been used by local police departments as an attempt to shame those who have been arrested and charged for soliciting sex workers. Read the article.
In this instance, said Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor and immigration expert at California’s Santa Clara University School of Law, the individuals were already in criminal custody.
“They have served their time — whatever the penalty, it already occurred in local custody,” he said, noting that people released from custody are generally granted bail or have finished their sentence. “The only consequence left is immigration. It’s not in the interest of any county to release people who they think are real community safety threats.”