The 35-page "Declined Detainer Outcome Report" (available to view here) was released Monday and includes 118 localities that have refused to cooperate with requests by federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants.
From Jan. 28 through February 3, the county received 51 "detainers" - requests for local authorities to hold potentially deportable inmates for up to 48 hours - from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Travis County was far and away the Texas leader in declining ICE detainers, according to the report, which mentioned only two other Texas counties.
"Today's report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas", he said.
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After almost declining an ICE detainer issued for a man accused of molesting a child, Hernandez said she would consider expanding her policy to include crimes committed against children and elderly.
The data comes as the Texas Legislature is now debating Senate Bill 4, which would ban "sanctuary" jurisdictions by withholding grant funding to them and making police chiefs, sheriffs, constables and other department heads subject to a class A misdemeanor - and potential removal from office - for violating the provision of the bill.
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Travis County accounted for almost 70 percent of such releases, the most by any county in the country.
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Of those released, the crimes they are accused of committing include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence and robbery. Most of the time that means local law enforcement refuse to hand criminals-who are in the country illegally-over to ICE. Looking at more than 3,000 ICE detainer requests, DHS found 206 requests declined. Some of the Travis County detainers turned down in this period date back to 2014.
The suspects in those jails had convictions for domestic violence, burglary and forgery, among other crimes. Bastrop County declined three requests and Williamson County declined four.
The report was mandated in President Donald Trump's executive order, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States", to expose sanctuary jurisdictions, meaning those who choose not to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
In New York City, the NYPD and Department of Corrections declined four ICE detainer requests during the week detailed in ICE's release - January 31-Feb. 3.
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