Federal authorities publish list of 'uncooperative' sanctuary cities

Federal authorities publish list of 'uncooperative' sanctuary cities

Travis County Sheriff's Office officials on Tuescay challenged assertions by the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security the day before painting the county as having had the highest number of declined immigration detention requests than any other region. Under Alachua County, it said "Sheriff's Decision".

"The county is not releasing undocumented individuals that ICE is asking for in the community", said Keller. Washington County, Ore., had seven. That is defined as the most serious charge or conviction in their criminal history.

Widely publicized immigration sweeps, anti-immigrant rhetoric on the state and national levels, and a stream of proposed new laws targeting the undocumented have created churning dread for people who are in North Carolina without required papers. "I would say that, generally speaking, we are more on the defensive than ever before". ICE issued a statement on Monday in response to Austin's announcement.

At Tuesday's press conference, ACIJ officials called for those immigrants to be released.

The ICE report details 206 instances, including some in New York City and Philadelphia, between January 28 and February 3, when federal "detainer" requests were denied.

"This revelation in open court proves what immigrants and advocates have known for years - that ICE regularly lies to immigrants, local officials, and the media", said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, a group that works to support immigrants.

If a person gets a traffic ticket but doesn't pay it, a warrant is issued for their arrest.

"The terrified families of the detainees do not wish to make public statements for fear of retaliation, and most are not willing to come forward for help", said a statement from the ACIJ.

"We have tried to be cooperative and it's unfair and misleading to suggest that we're not - especially in these times", Capt. Michael Golio told the New York Times, adding that ICE told him it would remove the county from its next report.

The list was published as some cities and counties are concerned about the administration pulling federal funding over so-called "sanctuary cities", something the new president has vowed to do.

Two King County jails, South Correctional Entity (SCORE) in Des Moines and Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, were named in the report for releasing three people, despite receiving federal detainer requests. But the report - which was issued without giving local law enforcement agencies an opportunity to provide feedback, or to even review ICE's data - appears to contain inaccuracies.

"ICE field offices have been instructed to resume issuing detainers on all removable aliens in custody regardless of prior noncooperation", it states.

Some of those counties said on Tuesday that the ICE report had mischaracterized their relationship with federal authorities.

The list, released Monday, says the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and Clay County Sheriff's Office won't accept ICE "detainers". "[They] tell us who they would like to come and pick up, and, in every case that they have asked, they have been able to come and retrieve that individual", said Franklin County Commissioner David Keller.

It also included at least one county that did honor the detainers - the Nassau County sheriff's office in NY was quick to point out that it had been wrongly named in the list.

Franklin County made the top in ICE's list of most uncooperative jurisdictions in the U.S. But they will notify immigration authorities when those inmates are about to be released.

"ICE will contact us by phone and say, 'Do you actually have this individual?' And if they want them, they'll send us the paperwork", Lindhorst said. "But we only honor a court order". Franklin County was No. 10, with five.

That policy does not cover courthouses, Kice said, although agents normally will try to detain people at other locations before entering a courtroom.

"The chilling impact that has on an entire community is devastating", he said. One is still in jail; the other two are in ICE custody.

Fact-check: The city didn't release the suspect, whom spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir says is serving a state prison sentence.

"I believe that, constitutionally, local governments can not be forced to comply, to help ICE", Sánchez said Tuesday. Supporters of such policies argue that local law enforcement should be concerned exclusively with community safety, and that it is threatened by asking local cops to enforce federal immigration law.



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