NM counties ID'd as refusing ICE detainers

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Travis County accounted for 142 (nearly 70 percent) of those charged and released.

A detainer requests that local law enforcement agencies notify ICE within 48 hours before a "removable alien" is released custody and asks that the LEA hold the person for up to 48 additional hours in order to allow ICE assume custody of the individual for "removable purposes".

The DHS report was required by President Donald Trump's January 25 executive order: "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States".

"ICE knows perfectly well what the problems with detainers are - law enforcement officers are telling them too, not just the ACLU and immigrants" rights activists.

"ICE's report does not provide any information on how many detainers the local law enforcement agency may have received in total, listing only those that ICE recorded as refused", according to TRAC, which gathers data on federal enforcement, staffing and spending.

On Monday, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement denouncing Travis County law enforcement officials over the findings of the DHS report. Some jurisdictions feel that legally, without a warrant from ICE, they can not detain individuals beyond the extent otherwise dictated by criminal law. In four separate cases, federal courts have "found key aspects of ICE's detainer system unconstitutional", according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

ICE claims the report is meant to provide the public with information regarding crimes committed by undocumented residents.

The county still accepts requests accompanied by a court order, and requests whose subjects have been charged or convicted of capital murder, first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault or continuous human smuggling.

Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Marshall said during Monday's hearing that he and his office have not received any new orders from Washington about how they should operate in the Austin area.

The Sheriff's new policy has caused the county to lose grant money from the state. "My understanding is, what was told to us, is one of the reasons that happened is because the meetings that had occurred between the (ICE) field office director and the sheriff didn't go very well", Austin said.

Scott Hennessee: "Does that policy make Santa Barbara County a sanctuary county?"

"Today's report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas", Abbott said in a statement.

A federal judge says immigration authorities conducted enforcement raids in Austin, Texas, in retaliation for the sanctuary policies adopted by the local sheriff.

Immigrant advocates say it's unconstitutional for local law enforcement authorities to detain someone for federal deportation proceedings when the judge in their criminal case has ordered them released.

The issue surrounds the acceptance of so-called "immigration detainers" at county jails, which are formal but not legally binding requests to hold someone in jail for a possible immigration violation after they would otherwise be released.

After The World-Herald called Sampson, the sheriff contacted ICE.

The geographic focus of the list, with over two-thirds of the examples, was Travis County, home of the left-leaning Texas city of Austin. The Trump administration has made immigrants charged and in some cases suspected of crime priorities for deportation, in addition to those with criminal convictions, who were the focus of the Obama administration.

In the House, some have called for the bill's scope to be reduced, arguing that most lawmakers agree that sheriffs and other law enforcement should comply with detainers from ICE.

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