ICE Releases List Of Sanctuary Jurisdictions Set To Lose Federal Funding

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

"The Travis County Sheriff's decision to deny ICE detainer requests and release back into our communities criminals charged with heinous crimes - including sexual offenses against children, domestic violence and kidnapping - is unsafe and should be criminal in itself".

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday released the first ever report on law enforcement agencies that are potentially "endangering Americans" by failing to cooperate with ICE detainers and named multiple jurisdictions in California.

In the report, DHS lays out the type of crime for which the individual was either charged or convicted, where they were arrested and the request was declined.

According to the report, the top 10 non-cooperating counties for declined detainers are Clark County, Nevada; Nassau County, New York; Cook County, Illinois; Montgomery County, Iowa; Snohomish County, Washington; Franklin County, New York; Washington County, Oregon; Alachua County, Florida; Franklin County, Iowa; and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release a criminal alien onto the streets, they have declined an ICE detainer.

Foreign nationals are arrested in February during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, 206 detainers issued by ICE were declined by jurisdictions throughout the country-including 1 at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County where the citizen from Cambodia had a domestic violence conviction.

The 35-page "Declined Detainer Outcome Report" (available to view here) was released Monday and includes 118 localities that have refused to cooperate with requests by federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants.

Last month, Abbott pulled state-grant funding for Travis County programs after Sheriff Sally Hernandez, a Democrat, said after her 2016 election victory that she would only honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on a limited basis.

Every law enforcement agency shares biometric data, like fingerprints, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which shares them with ICE. ICE described what a detainer is in their latest release.

"Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners", Homan said. The fear is that if community members believed that if they interact with police in any way their information could be sent to ICE for potential deportation, regardless of the seriousness of a potential crime, they will be afraid to cooperate with police even in cases where they are helping to prevent and stop crime.

Trump said the jurisdictions are putting US citizens at risk by releasing criminals who should be deported, and who in some cases have committed additional crimes after being released from jail. Yet, according to the ICE list, the detainer was not declined until February 1, 2017.

ICE detainers have been a controversial issue for years, as several federal courts have ruled that local authorities are under no legal obligation to honor them.

Dozens of other detainers were ignored by other jurisdictions for immigrants charged or convicted with crimes such as assault or DUI.

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