DOJ Sues Sanctuary County For Blocking ICE Deportations
ICE forced to use airport 150 miles away
The Justice Department (DOJ) announced it is suing King County, Washington, over an executive order designed to block Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations at a key international airport in the county.
The DOJ asserts King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the order with the “purpose and intended effect of prohibiting” ICE contractors from transporting detainees around or out of the United States from King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field.
Under the E.O., King County officials are directed to “ensure that all future leases, operating permits, and other authorizations for commercial activity at King County International Airport contain a prohibition against providing aeronautical or non-aeronautical services to enterprises engaged in the business of deporting immigration detainees (except for federal government aircraft), to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.”
Following the issuance of the E.O., “the company providing fixed-based operator (FBO) services (fueling, aircraft maintenance, and similar services) to ICE’s contractor at Boeing Field informed the contractor that it would no longer service its flights, and no other FBO agreed to assist the contractor,” the DOJ explains.