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ICE Suspends Weekly List Of Crimes Committed By Undocumented Immigrants Because They Made Too Many Errors

During his presidential campaign, President Trump promised the American people he would be tough on sanctuary cities by going after their federal funding. This promise morphed into a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented people to be released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to shame sanctuary cities and counties into complying with federal immigration officials.

The list is a requirement under Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which was signed by Trump on Jan. 25, 2017. The ICE website claims that the list is intended to keep communities safe from criminals being released back into the communities “where they can commit more crimes and are subject to at-large arrests which may be disruptive to communities.” However, critics of the report have said that they do nothing for safety of U.S. citizens and instead are simply done to shame counties and cities who don’t cooperate with federal immigration orders.

However, after releasing just three lists, ICE has suspended the lists due to several reporting errors and incomplete data. The lists are on pause until ICE can figure out what happened and how to avoid the errors again.

The most outspoken critics of the list are the cities and counties named in the lists, who questioned the accuracy and legitimacy of the information that was provided. According to The New York Times, an immigration official who works for the mayor of New York City called ICE out on saying the city has been uncooperative, which is not the case. According to Nisha Agarwal, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, as reported by The New York Times, NYC does cooperate with ICE when they have inmates who have committed violent crimes or are on the terror watch list. NYC does not alert ICE when they have an inmate who has been convicted of a low-level crime or when the charges are dropped.

According to the corrections page on the Decline Detainer Outcome Report, ICE admits that their own data entries were inaccurate and contributed decline detainers to the wrong counties.


“Due to a data entry error, a detainer issued to Santa Barbara, CA was incorrectly documented by ICE as being declined in the Jan. 28 – Feb 03, 2017 Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” reads the correction on the Declined Detainer Outcome Report.

“Due to a data processing error, the Jan. 28 – Feb 03, 2017 Declined Detainer Outcome Report incorrectly attributed issued detainers to Franklin County, Iowa; Franklin County, New York; Franklin County, Pennsylvania; and Montgomery County, Iowa that were in fact issued to agencies outside of the respective county’s jurisdiction in similarly named locations. Additionally, detainers that appeared as being declined by Williamson County, TX and Bastrop County, TX were cases where the individual was transferred to another facility where they were released. Finally, detainers appeared as being declined by Chester County, PA and Richmond County, NC when those detainers were incorrectly issued to those locations. The subjects of those detainers were in different locations.”

According to Keystone Crossroads, ICE will be releasing more corrections next week for the other reports rather than a new list of crimes. Frank Sharry, the executive director of America’s Voice an immigration rights advocacy group, told USA Today that he isn’t surprised by the mix up in ICE’s data, saying, “As ICE comes under increased scrutiny, people will be shocked to find how incompetent, unaccountable and rogue they are. I think what the (Trump administration) is doing will go down in history as a really dark chapter in American history.”


READ: ICE Has Released Their First Weekly List Of Crimes Committed By Undocumented People

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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