ICE: 3,083 Immigration Detainer Requests Ignored by Local Law Enforcement From Jan. 28 to Feb. 3

By Melanie Arter | March 22, 2017 | 8:56am EDT
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( - The White House announced Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released its first weekly list of immigration detainer requests that local law enforcement has not complied with as requested in an executive order that the president signed on Jan. 25.

The list, which contains information during the period of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2017, reveals that 3,083 immigration detainer requests were ignored by local law enforcement authorities.

“Yesterday, pursuant to the President’s executive order on interior enforcement that he signed on January 25th, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, ICE, released its first weekly list of detainee requests, which local law enforcement agencies have failed to comply with,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

“These examples where criminal illegals who have been arrested or convicted, in many cases, of serious and violent crimes threaten public safety,” he said. “In each instance, local law enforcement is refusing to cooperate with ICE in its efforts to remove illegal immigrants who have committed a crime. It is part of the president’s continued efforts to keep our communities safe.

“A copy of this report is available on the ICE website that details all of the municipalities where there has been an issue and the crime that has been committed, and the person -- not necessarily the person’s name, but the offense in which they were convicted for,” Spicer added.

Section 15 of the president’s “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” executive order, states: “Except as otherwise provided in this order, the Secretary and the Attorney General shall each submit to the President a report on the progress of the directives contained in this order within 90 days of the date of this order and again within 180 days of the date of this order.”

Section I of the Enforcement and Removal Operations Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report details areas with the highest volume of detainers issued to non-cooperative jurisdictions.

Clark County, Nev., was the jurisdiction with the most ignored detainer requests during the Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 period - 51 detainers to be exact. Coming in second on the list was Nassau County, N.Y., with 38 ignored detainer requests. Cook County, Ill., was third with 13. Montgomery County, Iowa, and Snohomish County, Wash., both tied for fourth with 12 ignored detainer requests each.

Following that, Franklin County, N.Y., had nine ignored detainers. Washington County, Ore., had seven. Alachua County, Fla., Franklin County, Iowa, and Franklin County, Pa., each had five.

The report also breaks down ignored detainer requests by individual, but does not include names. Instead, it includes the detention location, the person’s citizenship and notable criminal activity. The report also lists jurisdictions that have enacted policies that limit cooperation with ICE.

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