Judicial Watch: Sanctuary Cities Denied 284 ICE Detainers for Criminal Illegals in 3 Months

Michael W. Chapman, CNS News, October 19, 2017

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After filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the government watchdog group Judicial Watch was able to obtain documents showing that sanctuary cities (and counties) all across the nation refused to help with 248 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainers on criminal illegal aliens in the first three months of 2017.

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Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in May because the DHS did not respond to a Freedom of Information Act request by the group in April.

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The papers include the crimes committed by illegal aliens in the first three months of 2017, a list of jails that failed to cooperate with the ICE detainer program, and the “top 50 jurisdictions that failed to cooperate with the ICE detainer program,” reported Judicial Watch.

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“Nationwide, a total of 284 detainers involving serious offenses were declined during the first three months of fiscal year 2017,” said Judicial Watch, “including, in part, various forms of assault (16); drug-and-alcohol-related charges (39); and weapons charges and crimes against persons and property (18).”

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In at least one instance, local law enforcement engaged in outright obstruction of ICE’s efforts to pick up illegal immigrants, reported Judicial Watch. A March 21, 2017 ICE email states, “Hennepin County Adult Detention Center released an alien out the front door of the jail as an ICE officer was waiting in their sally port to take him into custody.”

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