(National Sentinel) Homeland: A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general says that 675 local and state jurisdictions are refusing to help federal immigration officials with “detainer” requests to hand over illegal immigrants who have been arrested for breaking local laws.
By refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests, the local jurisdictions are also helping to shield terrorist suspects, the report, which was published earlier this month and titled, “ICE Faces Challenges to Screen Aliens Who May Be Known or Suspected Terrorists,” says.
Some local law enforcement agencies will not honor ICE immigration detainer requests, which further impacts (Enforcement and Removal Operations)’s ability to take criminal aliens into its custody and apply (the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol) to identify possible terrorist connections,” the report said, as noted by the Media Research Center.
The IG noted that ICE “may have missed opportunities to identify, apprehend, and adjudicate the status of aliens posing the highest risk to public safety and national security” because of the jurisdictions’ failure to cooperate.
“Based on source data provided by ERO’s Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis unit, we determined that approximately 675 jurisdictions nationwide declined to honor more than 29,269 ICE immigration detainers from January 2014 through May 2017,” the report said.
Detainer requests are sent to local law enforcement agencies when ICE believes a suspect who has been arrested may be in the U.S. illegally.
“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” ICE’s Detainer Policy reads.
The IG report makes four recommendations.
One, KSTEP should be expanded to require “periodic screening of aliens under supervision” because, at present, the program does not require continued screening of the 2.4 million illegal immigrants in ICE custody.
Two, ICE should ensure that ERO offices have all necessary communication facilities.
Three, ICE should assess its current resources to see if more officers are needed.
Four, the agency should “strengthen its quality control program by defining clear oversight responsibilities.”
“Mitigating and reducing any vulnerability is vital to our nation’s security,” Acting Inspector General John Kelly said. “We are pleased with ICE’s response to heed our findings by initiating the process to implement all recommendations.”
The Trump Justice Department is also stepping up enforcement actions against sanctuary jurisdictions. Last week DoJ sent letters to 23 cities demanding proof they are complying with federal immigration laws.
The letters warned the jurisdictions they will face legal action in federal court unless they reverse policies that shield illegal immigrants from deportation.
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