ICE Report Refutes Argument That Sanctuary Cities Aren't a Problem

Many county and city law enforcement agencies regularly release criminal aliens who have been convicted of violent crimes.

According to the Daily Caller, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement report subverts the argument that sanctuary cities aren’t a problem because they shield only non-violent illegal immigrants.

Sanctuary city proponents often argue that their refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities don’t endanger public safety. But as ICE’s latest weekly declined detainer report shows, many county and city law enforcement agencies regularly release criminal aliens who have been convicted of violent crimes, including domestic battery and sexual assault.

The report, covering the week of February 4-10, enumerated 47 declined detainer requests from two dozen jurisdictions across the country. New York City accounted for far and away the most of those rejections: twelve, several involving illegal aliens who had been charged or convicted of violent crimes.

Virginia had the second most declined detainers -- six -- followed by Washington state, with five. Jails in both states released illegal aliens with convictions for assault, domestic violence and DUI.

The Daily Caller has more:

This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would withhold federal grant money from sanctuary jurisdictions. President Trump’s January executive order on interior immigration enforcement, which is now facing legal challenges from Seattle and San Francisco, instructed the attorney general to “ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants.”

Between February 4 and February 10, ICE issued 2,285 detainer requests nationwide. Of those, 540 were sent to 10 jurisdictions that ICE says “do not comply with detainers on a routine basis.” Those 10 counties are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York, New York
  • Kern, California
  • Clark, Nevada
  • San Diego, California
  • Orange, California
  • San Bernardino, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Travis, Texas
  • King, Washington

“Consistent with these counties’ policies, ICE expects these detainers to reflect as declined in … future weekly reports,” the report said.