US Government Targets Local Agencies For Refusing to Hold Illegal Immigrants
Mar 24 2017 by Alex Thomas
ICE issued a total of 3,083 detainers during its initial week-long reporting period, 206 of which were recorded as denied, including one in Chester County and two in Philadelphia.
The agency has already acknowledged some mistakes: Hours after the report was released Monday, ICE corrected 14 rejected detainers in Texas that were mistakenly listed from the Travis County State Jail.
Spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez from the agency's national headquarters agencies said the agencies highlighted in the report are those that previously said they won't fully comply with detainer requests "or have not provided ICE with sufficient time to allow for the safe transfer of a detainee".
"Not honoring ICE detainer requests has nothing to do with whether Snohomish County is a "sanctuary" jurisdiction and has everything to do with following the letter of the law", Trenary said.
The report identifies 118 jurisdictions - including 15 in Pennsylvania, and 4 in New Jersey - which "limit cooperation" with ICE.
President Donald Trump is threatening to cut off some federal funds to communities that do not work with ICE on people who entered the USA illegally. "The ICE report is very unclear", he says.
They now find their sanctuary policies exposed in a Trump-ordered, weekly Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report "of non-federal jurisdictions that release aliens from their custody, notwithstanding that such aliens are subject to a detainer or similar request for custody issued by ICE to that jurisdiction".
Up to this point, the county has not honored them and has released inmates under detainer unless there was another reason not to. "We're focused on enacting policies and practices that protect people's safety and their rights, including the rights of immigrants, while allowing federal authorities to focus on immigration enforcement that removes unsafe and violent felons from our streets".
But Keller says the county provides daily updates to ICE on its inmate population, including names and release dates, and allows ICE agents access to inmates for interviews.
Reached on his cell phone late Tuesday, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said he did not immediately know the specifics of the Weld case, and he declined to respond to Reams' complaints.
"For aliens who have had their due process and have been ordered to depart the U.S.by a federal judge, it is ICE's duty to execute those judicial orders", he said. According to ICE - which is primarily involved in enforcing immigration laws - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is now working to develop a process to address Trump's order to defund sanctuary cities. The report was requested by President Trump through an executive order as part of a White House campaign to "better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions". "The sheriff has been sanctioned because ICE didn't come to their defense, despite the fact that person was held based on an ICE request", he said. In that time, the ICE report stated, the Sheriff's Office declined to detain an inmate convicted of forgery.
The statement came a day after a revelation from a us magistrate judge that federal immigration agents targeted Austin for a major operation in response to a so-called sanctuary policy enacted by Hernandez.
"Plain and simple, we have never limited ICE's ability to take an illegal into custody if they are incarcerated in Lebanon", he said.
Reams said an ICE hold is not a judge-approved legal mandate. "We are not going to ask anything about your immigration status", he said. "This is trying to get one half of the population to pick up pitchforks against the other, and I don't want to live in a pitchfork democracy". "That's a civil rights violation", Vadnais said.
Under Trump's aggressive immigration strategy of rounding up and deporting any and all immigrants possible, under any circumstances, we've heard some pretty harrowing stories of deportation raids.
"There's not a sheriff's office in Colorado that doesn't cooperate with ICE", he said.