Operation Talon Cancelled By Biden Administration
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In his quest to erase former President Trump’s ‘America First’ policies, Joe Biden has reportedly cancelled a program aimed at removing convicted sex offenders who have been residing in the United States illegally.

Dubbed ‘Operation Talon’ in 1996 under the Clinton administration, the act originally gave law enforcement agencies “new authority to match felony fugitive files with government records of current and former food stamp recipients,” according to The Focus.

Trump’s version of the program later empowered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel to specifically target illegal immigrants who had sex crime convictions.

ABC 4 News and Human Events report South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a coalition of 18 state attorneys general to urge Biden to reverse the cancellation.

“We’re working hard to fight human trafficking and sex crimes in South Carolina and allowing convicted sex offenders who are here illegally to remain in our country makes absolutely no sense,” Wilson said. “These trafficking and sex crimes are repugnant to human decency generally and to children specifically,” he added.

The letter, directed to Joe Biden, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Acting Director of ICE Tae Johnson, pointed out the problems with this cancellation. The attorneys general argued that canceling Operation Talon could encourage sexual predators to attack.

“The United States’ population of illegal immigrants includes disturbingly large numbers of criminals with prior convictions for sexual crimes,” the letter reads. “According to data collected by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, during the period from October 2014 to May 2018 ICE arrested 19,572 illegal aliens with criminal convictions for whom the most serious prior conviction was a conviction for a sex-related offense.”

“Meanwhile, an increasing number of illegal aliens are entering the United States after having been previously convicted of sexual offenses,” it continues. “The cancellation of [Operation Talon] effectively broadcasts to the world that the United States is now a sanctuary jurisdiction for sexual predators. This message creates a perverse incentive for foreign sexual predators to seek to enter the United States illegally and assault more victims, both in the process of unlawful migration and after they arrive. It will also broadcast the message to other criminal aliens who have committed other offenses that any kind of robust enforcement against them is unlikely.”

The other state attorneys general who signed the letter include those from West Virginia, Utah, Texas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Montana, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.

Main Image Credit: Gregory Bull, Associated Press

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