Despite being suspected of homicide, convicted of arson, and sentenced for aggravated assault, DUIs and other offenses, a report shows that more than 200 illegal aliens were released from prisons and jails by local authorities in sanctuary cities from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.
The report was issued Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is the first report in a series that will be issued as part of President Trump’s January executive order calling for the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly “Declined Detainer Outcome Report.”
Of the 206 illegal alien criminals released, 142 were from Travis County, Texas, a jurisdiction that has recently been designated as a sanctuary county by the new sheriff.
The report lists law enforcement agencies that are “endangering Americans” by refusing to work with ICE by releasing illegals despite pending federal detainment orders.
Following the report’s release on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the findings show a “clear and ongoing threat to public safety.”
“It is not acceptable for jurisdictions to refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement by releasing criminal aliens back into our communities when our law required them to be deported.
“The Department of Justice will use all lawful authority to ensure that criminals who are illegally in this country are detained and removed swiftly and to hold accountable jurisdictions that willfully violate federal law.”
There are more than 600 sanctuary jurisdictions in the U.S. that refuse to cooperate with ICE by holding undocumented criminals until agents can pick them up and potentially deport them.
In a statement, acting ICE director Thomas Homan said, “When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission.”
ICE will continue to work with local law enforcement as much as possible but reported 10 jurisdictions that regularly ignore federal detainers: 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.
In January, President Trump threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities that fail to comply with federal immigration orders.
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