(National Sentinel)Â 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 Â â€œdetainerâ€ 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, theÂ report, which was published earlier this month and titled, â€œICE 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)â€™s ability to take criminal aliens into its custody and apply (the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol) to identify possible terrorist connections,â€ the report said, as noted by the Media Research Center.
The IG noted thatÂ ICE â€œmay have missed opportunities to identify, apprehend, and adjudicate the status of aliens posing the highest risk to public safety and national securityâ€ because of the jurisdictionsâ€™ failure to cooperate.
â€œBased on source data provided by EROâ€™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,â€ 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.
â€œWhen law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICEâ€™s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,â€ ICEâ€™s Detainer Policy reads.
The IG report makes four recommendations.
One,Â KSTEP should be expanded to require â€œperiodic 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 thatÂ ERO offices have all necessary communication facilities.
Three, ICE should assess its current resources to see if more officers are needed.
Four, the agencyÂ should â€œstrengthen its quality control program by defining clear oversight responsibilities.â€
â€œMitigating and reducing any vulnerability is vital to our nationâ€™s security,â€ Acting Inspector General John Kelly said. â€œWe are pleased with ICEâ€™s response to heed our findings by initiating the process to implement all recommendations.â€
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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