Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identified a list of 118 sanctuary jurisdictions they claim exist across the country. All are on the verge of losing federal funding for ignoring immigration detainers.
In late January, President Trump signed an executive order that calls for weekly reports to be released by ICE. They are to report on the various jurisdictions throughout the US that ignore orders to detain illegal immigrants. The executive order also calls for all jurisdictions who ignore immigration detainers be stripped of federal funding.
What are Immigration Detainers?
Immigration detainers are requests that come directly from ICE. They ask that persons in violation of immigration law be detained within a jail or other local law enforcement agency until ICE can pick them up.
However, sanctuary cities and sanctuary counties have been going out of their ways to deny that they’ve been ignoring the ICE detainers. But, on Monday, a report was released that makes it very clear that they know of 118 violating jurisdictions, and they can definitely lose their federal funding.
The Daily Caller reports:
These sanctuary jurisdictions include Philadelphia; Clark County, Nev.; Washington D.C.; Boston; Newark; New York City; Chicago; Milwaukee and all of Rhode Island’s state prisons.
The ICE report details how within the week of Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 jurisdictions declined to enforce 206 detainers issued by ICE. This was out of a total of 3,083 detainers issued that week.
A significant portion of these detainers were ignored by Travis County, Texas. In the period of one week, Travis County refused to honor detainers for 12 immigrants from Central America charged with sexual assault. Travis County’s sheriff has vowed to not cooperate with ICE and Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott has restricted some law enforcement funding from the jurisdiction.
Dozens of other detainers were ignored by other jurisdictions for immigrants charged or convicted with crimes such as assault or DUI. ICE is set to release similar reports weekly throughout the Trump administration.