President Trump is making significant progress on his campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration and the sanctuary cities that make the problem worse.
This Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first list of jurisdictions that actively thwart ICE agents by ignoring immigration detainers issued by the agency. The list, which names 118 jurisdictions, is part of Trump’s plan to expose the severity of the problem by publishing weekly lists of sanctuary cities and the charges/convictions against the illegal immigrants they released from prison.
The DHS reports 206 ignored detainers for the week of Jan. 28th-Feb. 3rd. This means that over 200 illegals (whom ICE agents sought to deport) were released from prison.
Drunk driving, domestic violence, sexual or aggravated assault, and drug offenses dominated the list of crimes.
The report accuses Los Angeles of refusing to hand over a Mexican convicted of arson and shames Philadelphia for failing to cooperate with ICE in the case of a Jamaican accused of murder.
Travis County in Texas was responsible for 142 of the 206 releases.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott calls the report “deeply disturbing” and calls for a “statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas.” He has already slashed law enforcement funding in Travis County.
Considering the fact that some jurisdictions refuse to even speak with ICE agents, the number of illegals – and the crimes they commit – are likely far higher than we know.
“It is not acceptable for jurisdictions to refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement by releasing criminal aliens back into our communities when our law required them to be deported,” says AG Jeff Sessions.
Here are a few cities and counties that risk losing federal money:
• District of Columbia
• Arlington, Hopewell City, and Chesterfield (VA)
• Montgomery and Prince George (MD)
• New York City
Arlington County’s Assistant County Manager Bryna Helfer says the area’s policies are not based on a desire to thwart federal laws:
“While Arlington County cannot hold any person past their release date without a judicial warrant, ICE is notified in advance of the person’s release so that they can be transferred into federal custody. Arlington’s policies make certain that ICE is able to fulfill their obligations while at the same time making sure the county is following the law.”
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is proud of its sanctuary status and has no plans to change.
Editor’s note: Trump will not back down.