ICE names recalcitrant "sanctuary" jurisdictions

Article date: 
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Article category: 
National Issues
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Here are excerpts from two reports about the new lists that ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will be issuing weekly in accordance with Pres. Trump’s Executive Order.  The lists include details about each case where a request for detainer to hold for ICE action has been declined by State or local law enforcement agents that refuse to honor these requests.  
Both CIS and NumbersUSA are offering interactive maps which show the locations of the “sanctuary” jurisdictions. NumbersUSA notes that Washington County OR is among the top 10 non-cooperating counties in this week’s list.
From the Center for Immigration Studies:
Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List
By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017
Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents.
The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.
The report comes in four parts, the first three being most informative from the public's point of view:
• Section I: Highest Volume of Detainers Issued to Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions between January 28, 2017 and February 3, 2017; 
• Section II: Jurisdictions with Recorded Declined Detainers Broken Down by Individuals Released between January 28, 2017 and February 3, 2017; 
• Section III: Table of Jurisdictions that have Enacted Policies which Limit Cooperation with ICE; and 
• Section IV: Report Scope and Data Fidelity.
Section I of the report states that ICE issued 3,083 detainers in the week beginning January 28, 2017. This is a sign of a significant increase in interior enforcement activity against criminal aliens, and represents very good progress at a very early point in the new administration. This number is approximately double the average weekly number of detainers issued by ICE in the last two years of the Obama administration. In 2015 and 2016, ICE issued a weekly average of 1,863 and 1,596 detainers, respectively. …
From NumbersUSA:
Published:  Wed, MAR 22nd 2017 @ 12:15 pm EDT
More than 200 ICE detainer requests were declined during the week of Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, according to the first Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This weekly report was mandated by Pres. Trump in his Jan. 25 interior enforcement executive order.
The weekly report includes all current sanctuary jurisdictions that decline ICE detainer requests and lists the type of crimes each illegal alien was charged or convicted within those jurisdictions. It also includes a table that shows why each county, city, or agency does not cooperate with ICE, whether it is a law, regulation, or policy.
This report is important since Pres. Trump has said he will cut off federal funding to sanctuary jurisdictions who refuse to enforce federal immigration laws. …
During this week the top ten non-cooperating counties 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.
“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,” Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a press release. …