More than 200 illegal alien “detainer requests” from ICE were denied by the sheriff’s office in Travis County, Texas, which is known to be a “sanctuary city.”
According to a new report from the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, aliens charged with multiple crimes, including three acts or threats of terrorism, were not turned over to ICE.
Home to the Texas state capital of Austin, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Policy on Cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) limits how the county sheriff’s office cooperates with federal officials.
The sheriff’s office cooperates on detainer requests for illegal aliens if they have committed crimes such as murder or aggravated sexual assault, however. “These documents [detainer requests] provide disturbing evidence of how Travis County’s sanctuary policy protects criminal illegal aliens, many of whom are dangerous felons, from deportation,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, adding, “Sanctuary policies such as these put the public’s safety at risk.”
After news reports in February claimed that the Travis County sheriff’s office had “declined 196 detention requests” from ICE, Judicial Watch filed a Public Information Act Request to the sheriff’s office requesting the detainer documents and “any records provided to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by the Travis County sheriff’s office that declines the 196 detention requests.”
The documents they received revealed disturbing criminal records for more than 200 illegal aliens protected by the sanctuary policy, including 58 DWIs, 34 acts of violence, 14 burglaries, 8 drug possession charges, and at least 6 firearms violations. Other charges included assorted felonies and misdemeanors.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that he “intends to support federal actions against sanctuary policies by signing legislation that could put sheriffs of sanctuary cities in jail. The governor announced $1.5 million in cuts for the county in response to Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s policy.”
H/T: CNS News
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