Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Sanctuary Travis County Released 142 Illegal Immigrants In A Week

Sanctuary Travis County Released 142 Illegal Immigrants In A Week

Sanctuary counties and cities have been attempting to deny that they indeed ignore ICE detainers, but the report released Monday makes certain which places the federal government can indeed strip federal funding from.

During that week, ICE issued 3,083 detainers. Williamson County declined four recent detainers and Bastrop County declined three.

The report also shows that the amount of detainers declined by Travis County officials has skyrocketed since Hernandez took over.

"Today's report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas", Governor Abbott said in the written statement.

Abbott promised to put an end to sanctuary policies "that put the lives of our citizens at risk".

The bill also includes provisions that would expand the immigration enforcement powers of local police officers and allow them to inquire about status during routine stops. Travis County's mission is to enforce state criminal laws. ICE is set to release similar reports weekly throughout the Trump administration.

The other California locations where detainer requests were declined were: the Santa Rita jail in Alameda County; Madera County Department of Corrections; the Anaheim city jail in Orange County; the Sacramento County jail; the Santa Barbara County jail; and the Santa Clara County main jail. Between Jan. 28 and February 3 of this year, law enforcement in Clark declined 51 detainers while those in Nassau declined 38.

Some field offices had ceased issuing detainers to known uncooperative jurisdictions, according to ICE. At this moment we can not confirm the jurisdictions to which they were transferred. "We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities".

The release of the list by Immigration and Customs Enforcement was prompted by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in January.

In an analysis of the DHS memos, the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit serving immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence, said that [DHS Secretary John] Kelly's directives appeared to rescind an ICE guidance issued in 2011 that protected immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

The charges range from homicide and rape to driving violations and probation violations. Trump changed those priorities to include undocumented immigrants accused of any crime. If ICE believes it has "probable cause" to believe that arrested person could be a deportable immigrant, it issues a detainer request. Officials said Monday that they hope such a list is not necessary and that cities and towns would change their policies, as some jurisdictions have done recently, and cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Hundreds of local police agencies depend on hundreds of millions of dollars in grants from Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.

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