Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has finally released their first weekly roundup of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. The list doesn’t include names of the people charged and convicted of crimes. Instead, it points the finger at sanctuary cities for releasing people and declining requests of detention to help ICE round up people for deportation.
According to the ICE website, the list is a part of Executive Order 13768, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which was signed by President Trump on Jan. 25, 2017. Critics of the list have been vocal about the similarities between ICE’s list and the lists published about Jewish people during World War II in Nazi-occupied territories in Europe.
Here’s why ICE claims you should care:
Officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Mexican national after he was released from local custody when a detainer lodged with New York authorities was not honored. The man, who had previously been removed, has a prior conviction for forcible theft armed with a deadly weapon.
“In some cases, state or local laws, ordinances, or policies restrict or prohibit cooperation with ICE,” reads the ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report FAQs section. “In other cases, jurisdictions choose to willfully decline ICE detainers and release criminals back into the community. The results in both cases are the same: aliens released onto the streets to potentially reoffend or harm individuals living within our communities.”
The crimes included in the list range from “liquor” to “homicide” with a couple listed as “traffic offense.” More than 140 of the immigrants included in the list come from Travis County State Jail, which is located in Austin, Texas. It is important to note that federal agents alerted judges in Texas that sweeping raids were underway as retribution for Austin’s sanctuary policies, not as part of a routine sweep as ICE publicly claimed. Out of the 206 immigrants listed, 148 are Mexican nationals. It is also important to note that not all of the people on the list have been convicted. Out of the 206 people mentioned, only 116 have been charged with a crime.
ICE and Trump have been trying to tell the American people that where there are immigrants or undocumented immigrants, there is also an increase in crime rates. However, several studies definitively disprove those claims. Furthermore, federal courts have ruled that people cannot be detained for longer than their jail sentence to comply with an immigration detainer as it is in violation of their 4th Amendment rights.
You can see the full list here.