Trump Administration Publishes First List of Immigrants Who Have Committed Crimes in Sanctuary Cities
On Mar. 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its first report listing crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, along with the “sanctuary cities” that denied US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to have these individuals held for deportation.
President Trump ordered the “Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” which DHS is now required to publish weekly, in his Jan. 25, 2017 executive order on “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”
According to the report, between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, ICE made 3,083 “detainer” requests to law enforcement agencies across the United States to hold undocumented immigrants arrested for criminal activity including violent offenses, drug possession, and traffic violations. In 206 of these instances, local law enforcement agencies in sanctuary cities denied the ICE detainer request.
In a press release accompanying the report, DHS stated its purpose is to “highlight jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification, therefore potentially endangering Americans.”
According to President Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017 executive order mandating the weekly report, sanctuary cities “willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States.” However, according to Avideh Moussavian of the National Immigration Law Center, “having these lists is a way of trying to bully localities into questioning their policies when their policies are constitutional and legally sound.”
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said: “Trump’s presidency is based on a number of lies, but one of the most important to Bannon, Trump, and Sessions is to paint all immigrants as killers and rapists. Trump and his team incorrectly see Fourth Amendment policies that require warrants to hold prisoners for the Feds as a threat to public safety, but the reality is that in most cities, the police have found that acting as deportation police makes it harder to keep their cities safe. In Chicago and everywhere else, immigrants are part of our communities and need to know that when they witness a crime or have information the police can use, they can call 9-11 and not lose their children or their homes to deportation.”
Daniel José Camacho, “Trump’s Weekly List of ‘Immigrant Crimes’ Is as Sinister as It Sounds,” theguardian.com, Mar. 22, 2017
Alan Gomez, “Trump Pressures ‘Sanctuary Cities’ That Won’t Hold Undocumented Immigrants,” usatoday.com, Mar. 20, 2017
Luis V. Gutiérrez, “Gutiérrez on Homeland Security Initiative to Shame State & Local Police over Immigration Policies,” gutierrez.house.gov, Mar. 20, 2017
Tal Kopan, “What is VOICE? Trump Highlights Crimes by Undocumented Immigrants,” cnn.com, Mar. 1, 2017
David Noriega, “On Trump’s List: ICE Has Published a List of Jailed Immigrants Who Were Released before They Could Be Deported,” news.vice.com, Mar. 20, 2017
US Department of Homeland Security, “DHS Releases US Immigrantion and Customs Enforcement Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” dhs.gov, Mar. 20, 2017
White House Office of the Press Secretary, “Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” whitehouse.gov, Jan. 25, 2017