Travis County recently released more than 140 undocumented inmates wanted by feds


Of those, 142 came from Travis County Sheriff "Sanctuary Sally" Hernandez' jail, Texas Governor Greg Abbott's office reported in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. Between Jan. 28 and February 3 of this year, law enforcement in Clark declined 51 detainers while those in Nassau declined 38.

According to the report, the top 10 non-cooperating counties for declined detainers are Clark County, Nevada; Nassau County, New York; Cook County, Illinois; Montgomery County, Iowa; Snohomish County, Washington; Franklin County, New York; Washington County, Oregon; Alachua County, Florida; Franklin County, Iowa; and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. All but 26 of the declined detainers were issued by the Obama administration and before Hernandez took office.

The release of the list by Immigration and Customs Enforcement was prompted by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in January.

The data comes as the Texas Legislature is now debating Senate Bill 4, which would ban "sanctuary" jurisdictions by withholding grant funding to them and making police chiefs, sheriffs, constables and other department heads subject to a class A misdemeanor - and potential removal from office - for violating the provision of the bill. According to an ICE official, that is the date they were made aware that the 2010 detainer had not been honored.

Williamson and Bastrop Counties are the only other Texas jurisdictions on the federal agency's list, with Williamson denying four detainer requests and Bastop declining three. The majority of the immigrants whose cases are highlighted are from Mexico or Central America. Detainers are government requests that an immigrant who could face deportation be turned over to immigration authorities.

The information reflects that detainers were declined on immigrants charged with a variety of crimes, including driving under the influence, drug possession, sexual assault, robbery and indecent exposure to a minor.

The National Immigration Law Center's Avideh Moussavian, a staff lawyer, said police usually work with federal law enforcement in criminal cases, but not civil cases like immigration offenses. Other jurisdictions have passed local ordinances barring cooperation.

But Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said, "When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE's ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission". Officials said Monday that they hope such a list is not necessary and that cities and towns would change their policies, as some jurisdictions have done recently, and cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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