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Sanctuary Cities Demand ICE Hand Undocumented Immigrants Over to Them

Local authorities won't guarantee that they will not release people here illegally back into the general population, preventing the immigration agency from deporting them.

By NTK Staff | 05.10.2018 @5:00pm
Sanctuary Cities Demand ICE Hand Undocumented Immigrants Over to Them

Sanctuary cities are attempting to turn the tables on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to a local California paper, demanding that ICE hand over detained immigrants for criminal proceedings. But the immigration enforcement agency is fighting their efforts, saying that the municipalities would release people here illegally back into the general population.

The Tribune, based in San Luis Obispo, California, reported that cities are requesting that ICE deliver already-apprehended undocumented immigrants to face local charges.

Groups supporting people here illegally are complaining that ICE is violating the rights of the detained by not allowing them to face charges in sanctuary municipalities:

Advocates for immigrants say the hardball tactics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement are blocking due process rights, creating chaos and forcing runarounds in court systems to get immigrants who are accused of crimes in front of judges.

Under Republican President Donald Trump, the agency is specifically targeting suspects not yet found guilty, a departure from the Obama administration, which focused primarily on those convicted, attorneys say. Advocates argue ICE has also sometimes used criminal allegations against immigrants in their deportation efforts without letting them answer the charges.

Instead, ICE is deporting the detained based on their immigration-related charges, sometimes citing the local accusations.

But ICE fired back, claiming that when they hand over detained undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities for trial, the prosecutors sometimes release them:

ICE argues communities that don’t honor its requests to hold immigrants are endangering the public by allowing suspects back onto the street. They point to the case of a man released in Philadelphia after assault charges were dismissed, despite an ICE detention request, who later went on to be charged with child rape.

Additionally, sanctuary cities refuse to guarantee to ICE that they would return those people here illegally if the local charges fall through.

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