In a letter on Saturday, an NYPD union boss told its members to stand with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in their Sunday raids. The letter, which was written by Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins, reminds the members of law enforcement that their job is to enforce the law, whether they agree with them or not.
The letter clarifies their job “is to simply enforce all laws equally upon all individuals so that each person receives equal justice under the law.” And therefore reminds law enforcement “of our sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of New York.”
Mullins goes on, writing “I further encourage you to NOT leave any I.C.E. Agent abandoned if in need of assistance and to stand shoulder to shoulder with each agent so that they too can return home safely to their families. They are members of law enforcement just like you and we must never participate in the politics being applied upon our duty to uphold the law.”
This is exactly what the leaders should be doing. The job of the executive branch is to enforce the law, their opinions about the law are not relevant. If the law should be changed that is up to the legislative branch, the mixing of powers undermines the checks and balances system that is the foundation of this government.
If the police unions across the country did this, it would send a message of strength and unity among the very people responsible for protecting our citizenry.