New Government Report Aims to Expose Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Caroline Beck
March 21, 2017

The numbers come from a report issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Monday that details the release of criminal aliens from local jails that refuse to honor immigration detainers issued by the agency.

ICE says since local law enforcement agencies don't notify the feds when a detainer is not honored, the list includes declined detainers ICE personnel learned of during their enforcement activities. Travis County alone declined 142 of the 206 requests.

More than half of the 206 cases listed are from Travis County, Texas, where the sheriff said ICE requests would not be honored because the county's jail "cannot be perceived as a holding tank for ICE".

In a three-day stretch in late January and early February, the LAPD and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declined detainers for five people with criminal convictions, according to the report.

The report is the first "Declined Detainer Outcome Report", which are required to be released weekly under an executive order issued in January by President Donald Trump. If ICE believes it has "probable cause" to believe that arrested person could be a deportable immigrant, it issues a detainer request.

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After almost declining an ICE detainer issued for a man accused of molesting a child, Hernandez said she would consider expanding her policy to include crimes committed against children and elderly. In these cases, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency asks local police to hold illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours, long enough for ICE officers to pick them up and put them into deportation proceedings. Fearing his deportation force, some undocumented women are opting to stay away from domestic violence courts and law enforcement agencies sworn to protect them.

During that week, ICE issued 3,083 detainers.

There are also concerns about due process. The report describes them as "jurisdictions that do not comply with detainers on a routine basis" and "have a policy of non-cooperation".

Of those released, the crimes they are accused of committing include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence and robbery. It doesn't represent all the cases in which immigration authorities sought custody of people facing criminal charges, with major cities like NY and Los Angeles underrepresented on the list.

Below is the list of the individuals released by the Travis County jail.

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