A Fairfax County, Va., police officer has been suspended after turning over a suspected illegal alien to ICE following a traffic accident.

The incident occurred on September 21 and the officer has not been identified.

Fox News:

The officer discovered one of the drivers didn’t have a Virginia driver’s license and ran a check with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, police said. The check revealed the driver had a violation for failing to appear for a deportation hearing. The officer verified the warrant and alerted officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

An ICE agent was close by and arrived at the scene. The officer cited the driver for not having a driver’s license and turned them over to the federal agent.

So, the officer should have ignored the warrant for failure to appear and sent the illegal on his merry way. Are you kidding me?

That’s what “sanctuary” is all about.

The Fairfax County Police Department enacted a 2007 policy that prohibits officers from confirming a person’s immigration status and detaining them solely based on civil violations of immigration law. “This is an unfortunate issue where the officer was confused,” Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said. “We have trained on this issue a lot. This is the first time we’ve had a lapse in judgment, and the officer is being punished.”

That police chief has been cowed into submission to the point where an officer who was simply doing his job has been suspended. Groveling before the PC brigades (“We have trained on this issue a lot”) and wringing your hands won’t help, chief.

It’s incredible to term the officer’s actions a “lapse in judgment” when all he was simply doing his job.

The driver was released from federal custody after three hours and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. Roessler apologized for the incident and ordered an internal investigation upon learning of it. “Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE,” he said.

No, they wouldn’t want to “offend” anyone in their very diverse county.

Whatever is to be done with that suspended officer? I got it. Brainwashing.

The officer involved has been on the job for a few years, Roessler told The Washington Post. He added that the officer did not willfully violate the department’s policy with respect to cooperating with immigration officials. He said the officer will undergo remedial training.

What is the point of making it illegal to cross the border without proper documentation? Why not just throw open the border and welcome anyone and everyone who shows up? The left has law enforcement bullied to the point where they fear enforcing the law.

Would an American citizen be able to skate on a failure to appear warrant? Of course not. Instead of being suspended, that officer should get a medal if for no other reason than enduring the cowardice and stupidity of his superiors.