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

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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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His Murder Charges Were Finally Dismissed After Spending 23 Years In Prison

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His Murder Charges Were Finally Dismissed After Spending 23 Years In Prison

Twenty three years ago, Robert Almodovar was convicted of double homicide and given the death penalty.

Almodovar entered prison in 1994, leaving behind his six month old daughter, Jasmyn. Though no weapon or physical evidence linking him to the case, Almodovar had been locked up in Cook County Jail since 1994.

Almodovar’s conviction largely rested on the testimony of Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara, who is now retired.

A recent Buzzfeed article reported that as many of Guevara’s cases have fallen apart under closer examination. Guevara was known for his ability to get convictions, but his tactics aroused the suspicion of a few of his colleagues. In March of 2017, BuzzFeed reported, when Guevara was asked about the Almodovar case, the retired detective pleaded the fifth 159 times.

Detective Guevara is believed to have framed 51 people for murder during the course of his career, Buzzfeed reported.

A few weeks after the testimony, Cook County Judge James Linn was informed by prosecutors that they would no longer pursue a case against Almodovar. As the Chicago Tribune reported, the Judge granted the request to repeal the Almodovar’s conviction, saying, “I was stunned. I’d never seen anything like this.”

Today, Almodovar walked from prison a free man.

Almodovar was greeted by family members that were overcome with both joy and grief: joy for the release of their loved one, and grief over the years they’d lost with Robert Almodovar. Live streams of his release showed family member and friends swarming him with love and laughs and tears. Each one embracing Almodovar as a free man for the first time in 23 years. One enthusiastic nephew could be heard shouting, “That’s my uncle!”

After greeting his loved-ones, Almodovar gave a brief interview with reporters.

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Almodovar said that the first things he plans on doing now that he’s free is spending time with his family, eat some good food, maybe even learning how to use a cellphone – having been locked up since 1994, Almodovar hasn’t ever taken a selfie or sent a text. As far as longterm plans, Almodovar said he wanted to get into school, pick up a trade, spend time with his family, and just catch up.

Almodovar said he also wanted to do his part to help out other people who were victims of Guevara’s corruption.

When asked, Almodovar told reporters that he couldn’t forgive Guevara for what he had done.

His attorney reminded reporters that Guevara had tried to kill Almodovar – the initial punishment was the death penalty. When asked by reporters what his message was for the retired detective, Almodovar said:

“I don’t know how he can live with himself… with what he did […] like my lawyer said, he tried to kill me. I was facing the death penalty. And he didn’t care. So I’m hoping – I pray to God – that the new State Attorney will put some charges on him. Hold him accountable for what he did. That’s what I want. I hope it happens.”

Guevara, who retired in 2005, still receives his $75,650 pension, BuzzFeed reported.

Almodovar told reporters that the hardest part of being locked up was being away from his daughter, Jasmyn.

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Jasmyn, now 23, has never known her father as a free man. When asked by reporters, she said “I feel like it’s still not real” and that she was very overwhelmed. As the Chicago Tribune reported, Almodovar said he wanted to teach his daughter how to ride a bike, to which she replied, “The thing is, I kind of don’t (know), so it’s perfect.” Jasmyn also said she would teach him how to use a cellphone.

When asked if there was anything else he wanted to “share with the world…”

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… Almodovar gave a joyful, “Free at last. Free at last!”

Check out the entire livestream video of Almodovar’s release, courtesy of BuzzFeed’s Facebook page.

Man Freed From Prison After BuzzFeed News InvestigationFreed From Prison After 23 Years — A man who claims he was framed for a 1994 double murder by a retired Chicago detective had his conviction tossed Friday morning and walked free from prison for the first time in 23 years // (Skip to 2:15:00 to witness the moment Roberto Almodovar is released and greeted by his friends and family) //

Posted by BuzzFeed News on Friday, April 14, 2017

[H/T] BuzzFeed: Detective Guevara’s Witnesses

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