In 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave one sanctuary city over 1,500 detainer requests, in an effort to hold and deport illegal immigrants under arrest by local police. That city, New York City, refused to honor them all, allowing those illegals to go free in most cases.
That revelation is angering many in law enforcement, who feel New York City is allowing some dangerous criminal illegal immigrants to get back on the street to offend again.
For its part, New York claims that it will hand over criminal illegals who have committed certain violent crimes. However, it seems unlikely that out of over 1,500 ICE detainer requests, New York City did not have one violent criminal suspect among them.
The NYPD got a whopping 1,526 requests from the feds to detain immigrants in President Trump’s first year in office — and rejected them all, officials said Wednesday.
The number of detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement was nearly 20 times higher than the 80 requests received in 2016, NYPD legislative affairs director Oleg Chernyavsky told the City Council.
In 2016, cops complied with two of the 80 requests to turn over undocumented immigrants who got arrested to the feds for deportation.
New York law says the city can’t hand prisoners over to ICE unless they’ve been convicted of one of 170 serious crimes, and the feds present a warrant.
“That speaks volumes to our intent as a city,” Chernyavsky said. “It’s important for victims of crimes, irrespective of their immigration status, to trust their police and to come forward and inform their police.”
As police brass discussed the stats, ICE slammed the department in a series of tweets.
ICE recently arrested nine people in New York who were in the country illegally and released by the NYPD despite active detainers and pending criminal charges, the agency wrote. They did not specify what crimes the immigrants were charged with.
“The release of criminal aliens back on New York City streets continues to pose a dangerous risk to our communities,” said ICE field office director Thomas Decker. “ICE will continue to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests to ensure the safety of the law-abiding citizens of these communities.”