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The City of San Francisco just officially withdrew cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Joint Terrorism Task Force this week in an effort to deflect deportation efforts as an official sanctuary city, per Fox News.
Critics are saying this is a decision that puts innocent lives at risk.
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The JTTF has been credited with foiling 93 Islamist terrorist attacks and plots against the U.S. since 2001, including 12 this year, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation. There are another 1,000 investigations into suspected terror activity nationwide.
These staggering statistics make the recent decision by the San Francisco police department to end the city’s partnership with the JTTF, at the behest of local activist groups that alleged Arabs and Muslims are wrongly targeted by the FBI and will be more so under the Trump administration, all the more concerning, said retired federal law enforcement officials.
A retired FBI Special Agent Mark Rossini called the move “really narrow-minded.” Rossini is the founding executive of the National Counterterrorism Center.
“Politics aside, and the mayor and leaders of San Francisco have their right to their opinion, political opinion and beliefs. But when you’re working in law enforcement, law enforcement should know no politics.”