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Sheriff Darnell responds to ICE detainer report

Sheriff Darnell responds to ICE detainer report

The president recently ordered the Department of Homeland Security to release the names of cities and counties that don't play ball.

Cambridge is listed as one of five uncooperative municipalities in Massachusetts-including neighboring Somerville and Boston-which "will not honor ICE detainer [s]".

Demonstrators chant against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the USA and suspending the nation's refugee program Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, outside City Hall in Cincinnati.

"Although we by no metric could be said to have a preponderance of undocumented immigrants compared to other urbanized communities, and certainly we have an enviable crime rate with regard to other urbanized areas in Texas, the only explanation for the high ICE activity in our region would be political", she said.

Reached on his cell phone late Tuesday, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said he did not immediately know the specifics of the Weld case, and he declined to respond to Reams' complaints.

It doesn't represent all the cases in which immigration authorities sought custody of people facing criminal charges, with major cities like NY and Los Angeles underrepresented on the list. Montgomery County, Iowa, and Snohomish County, Wash., both tied for fourth with 12 ignored detainer requests each.

If immigration agents come to a person's workplace, Schwartz said, they can ask if they are being detained. That information is then available to a number of other entities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and even Interpol, an global police organization. "In each instance, local law enforcement is refusing to cooperate with ICE in its efforts to remove illegal immigrants who have committed a crime".

But officials in Philadelphia and Chester County said Tuesday that in two of those three cases, their records did not match the data in the federal report.

"If we receive a detainer from ICE we don't honor it, we don't act upon it, but again if we get a judicial order or a warrant we will act upon it", Sheriff Darnell said.

"This first weekly report that ICE has chose to initiate falls during the period in which we implemented our new policy", Major Wes Priddy with the Travis County Sheriff's Office told a local NPR radio station. Mike Wagner said his office does not keep track of the detainer requests it declines. Unlike their Travis County counterparts, officials at WilCo honor all ICE requests, but that cooperation wasn't reflected in the report, officials said. Unfortunately for Donald Trump, a lot of the cities in question are in very blue states [like California and New York] where they have either the full support of the state government or at least very little risk of coming under pressure from them.

Detainers are requests sent by ICE to local police agencies asking that they hold a person in jail for extra time, beyond what's legally allowable based on the criminal charges the person faces.

Rhode Island generally does not honor most ICE detainer requests, but Elorza said Providence appeared to have been included over a 2011 non-binding city resolution that he says wasn't about detainers.

Detainers are made for aliens who are arrested in local jails that ICE believe should be removed from the U.S. Those inmates would go into federal custody when released.

The Austin American-Statesman, which first reported the courtroom admission, noted that ICE had previously denied targeting Travis County for so-called "sanctuary city" policies. He said every person has the right to ask an officer for their identification and who they are with.

Citing another report published by the AP, the article pointed out a curious aspect of the DHS report, notably, that two-thirds of the 206 jurisdictions named for failing to comply with ICE detainers were in Travis County, Texas.

"Contrary to popular belief, we do it here and coordinate and collaborate with our federal law enforcement all the time, we just require it be done in a constitutional manner with due process, and with a court issued warrant", said Garcetti. She said she hoped to speak to ICE about that. "On that date, we not only applied the policy to new and subsequent arrestees, we also re-assessed the detainer requests on all inmates in our custody at that time, some of whom had been there for many months".

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