In an ongoing effort to undo many of the programs and policies of the Trump administration, President Joe Biden has officially rescinded Operation Talon, a program of his predecessor targeting sex offenders who are living in the United States illegally.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is one of 18 different state attorneys general critical of Biden's cancellation that have joined to write the president a letter calling on him to reconsider.
"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. These trafficking and sex crimes are repugnant to human decency generally and to children specifically," Wilson said.
In the letter, the attorneys general point out the "disturbingly large numbers" of illegal immigrants who have prior convictions for sex crimes.
"The cancellation of [Operation Talon] effectively broadcasts to the world that the United States is now a sanctuary jurisdiction for sexual predators," the letter says. "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 attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia have all signed onto the letter asking, "If the United States will not remove even convicted sex offenders, whom will it remove?"