Thousands Released After Immigration Holds Denied

Amy Taxin, ABC News, October 17, 2014

Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.

The numbers are the first time federal immigration authorities have publicly detailed how many times local agencies have refused to comply with their requests. They highlight the friction between the federal government and police and sheriff’s departments, some of which say holding immigrants beyond their release dates harms community policing efforts.

Immigration officials say the denials pose a public safety threat as immigrants who previously would have been placed in federal custody once they were eligible to leave jail are being released into communities where they could commit new crimes.

In the first eight months of this year, immigration agents filed roughly 105,000 requests for local agencies to hold immigrants for up to 48 hours after they were eligible for release on the allegations for which they initially were arrested, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agents wanted the immigrants held so they could take them into federal custody and start deportation proceedings.

Local law enforcement agencies declined 8,800 such requests, also known as detainers, during the same period. Those released include people arrested for investigation of domestic violence and drug charges, as well as others detained on lesser offenses but who had past convictions for crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon, Kice said.

Across the country, many local agencies no longer are willing to hold jailed immigrants beyond their scheduled release dates. They say immigrants should not be held longer than U.S citizens for the same crime, and turning them over to ICE creates an atmosphere of distrust among community members.

Colorado stopped honoring detainers earlier this year, and New York City is considering doing the same.

In California, local law enforcement agencies scaled back their collaboration with ICE to comply with a state law that took effect this year limiting the use of immigration detainers. {snip}

Five Southern California counties no longer honor ICE’s requests, said David Marin, deputy field office director for the agency’s enforcement and removal operations in the greater Los Angeles area. {snip}


In Illinois, a man who was released from jail despite a 2011 request by immigration authorities to detain him shot and killed his 15-year-old girlfriend earlier this year, Kice said.


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  • Why is everyone anxiously awaiting some politician to pass or ordain amnesty?

    We already have it.

  • Adolf Verloc

    The disturbing thing is that this is not some edict of the distant Federal government. It is a policy of state and local governments that should be more susceptible to public opinion. Our political system is rotten from top to bottom.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      The traditional American nation has no government, for the US government serves only big money and certainly not the descendants of those whom founded it. Alas, my government is a great threat to my people. My sincere hope is this rotten system of representation to the highest bidder may fall.

      • Publius, you and Adolf have nailed it. You want the System to fall? So, do I. With a passion. But we must make it fall. Sabotage it via tax evasion, phone calls to public officials, going on welfare and food stamps if you can, doing business only with local white businessmen. There are other things you can do I can’t mention here, but get creative. Don’t wait for it to fall. Make it fall. And recruit others to our noble cause.

        • striket3

          I agree with you bigone but how do you evade paying taxes when you have an internet business and the govt. knows what your take is?

  • phillyguy

    who and when are we going to stop the destruction of this once great country

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      No one, because it is impossible to stop the destruction of something that is destroyed.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Look at the states that give out drivers licenses to illegals, cities that are ‘sanctuaries’ for illegals and do everything to support vermin over the rights and needs of US Citizens.

    Being complacent has brought us to this place….unless stopped, it WILL get worse as illegals and the ‘diversity’ demands are met time and time again—on YOUR dime.

  • LHathaway

    Obviously, we need our own white country.

    • striket3

      We do, it’s called Iceland.

      • IstvanIN

        They’re building a mosque in Reykjavik.

        • thegodsofeden

          (Sobs uncooNntTtrooollablyyy)

      • Black Swan

        Iraqis are heading to Iceland, along with Palestinians.

        One guess who is paying their airfare.

    • IstvanIN

      We had quite a few at one time. All of Europe, two HM’s biggest realms, and the US. Gave them all away.

  • dd121

    Obama is trying to flood the country with brown illegals. The new illegals will do the job Mexicans won’t. Where’s the Praetorian guard when you need them?

    • just like bush and clinton and bush sr and reagan did–and like romney would have—they all work for the corporations, and the corps want more more MOAR human livestock

      • dd121

        A lot of people say that, but I just can’t believe it’s only about money.

        • Black Swan

          Have you considered that it may just be about White Genocide?

          IOW, making Whites a minority in each and every White homeland.

          I don’t know about you but it certainly appears to me that that is the agenda that is being forced on us Whites.

          • dd121

            I think it’s about the destruction of us and our civilization.

  • IstvanIN

    Makes you wanna root for Ebola.

    • Mack0

      Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? No, I’m Team Ebola.

  • james AZ

    OH DAMN…………. years and years and years and years and years and years there say 11 million illegals and 11 million illegals and 11 million illegals and 11 million illegals and 11 million illegals and 11 million illegals live in America. NOW DICTATOR OBAMA GIVE 34 MILLION GREEN CARDS TO ILLEGALS …. NOT 11 MILLION ILLEGALS….SH1t

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    They had to be released so they could go down and register as democrat voters for next month’s mid-term elections.

    Nil desperandum.

    The GOP will save us!. Pay no attention to their announcement that they will pass amnesty if given control of the senate.

    We’ve got thousands of illegal alien felons running loose and ebola infected illegal aliens coming here for free treatment.

    Is there any doubt left that the obama regime is determined to destroy what is left of this country?

    Wonder how (what’s left of) the Bologna family feels about the release of criminal illegal aliens?

    San Francisco city juvenile-justice officials, relying on San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policy, had twice shielded Ramos, a suspected illegal immigrant from El Salvador, from possible deportation after he committed a gang-related assault and an attempted robbery as a minor.

    A January 2011 court filing in the case by defense attorney Martin Sabelli said federal authorities had repeatedly been told of criminal acts by Ramos – that he carried a pistol, brokered gun sales, took part in a gunfight with rivals and sold cocaine.

    Federal authorities could have arrested him at any time and either charged him with criminal offenses or deported him to his native El Salvador.

    Instead of being deported back to his native cesspool, Ramos was released in Gavin Newsom’s “sanctuary city” of San Francisco to kill father Anthony, 48, and his two sons, Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16.

  • Luca

    This is a catastrophe and a national emergency. The fall cannot be far behind.

  • Easyrhino

    The pot is on the stove and the frog is in the pot.

    In this case the frog is AMREN readers and their ilk. I suppose the question is how hot does the water have to get before the frog makes a move?

    • Black Swan

      I would say there are crabs in the pot, Whites who have bought into the Cultural Marxist agenda and pull other Whites down into the boiling water if they try to escape.