WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an effort to step up the heat on sanctuary cities, president Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of all hold requests of illegal immigrants turned down by local jails.
According to Trump’s order, which he said was necessary to “better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions,” the name of the arresting agency, the name of the illegal immigrant and the charges the suspect faced when detained must be submitted to the White House.
The president issued the command via executive order (https://www.scribd.com/document/342459907/ICE-Declined-Detainer-Outcome-Report-Jan-28-to-Feb-3-2017-1#from_embed) on January 25 and, on Monday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly presented the agency’s first formal report.
The report documents 206 cases in which illegal immigrants were arrested on local or state charges and were scheduled to be released from jails. ICE officials requested that the local authorities hold onto the suspects for up to 48 hours — a request known as a “detainer” — but the requests in many sanctuary cities were denied.
According to the report, the top 10 refusing 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.
The 206 denials took place the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.
“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,” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan wrote in a statement on ICE’s website (https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-releases-us-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-declined-detainer-outcome-report) . “Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.”
A majority of arresting offenses committed by the illegal aliens in question were for crimes relating to domestic violence, driving under the influence, forgery, rape, sexual and simple assault, drugs, traffic offenses and homicide.