Saturday, February 29, 2020

Over 3,600 Law Enforcement Agencies Across The US Were Given ICE Detainers

More than 3,600 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. were handed detainers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the last fiscal year, indicating how necessary local and state cooperation is for federal immigration authorities.
ICE sent immigration detainers to a total of 3,671 different law enforcement agencies during the 2019 fiscal year, according to data the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University released Monday. The total is slightly down from the previous fiscal year, and a breakdown of the data reveals that a vast majority of these agencies receive fewer than two detainers requests a week.
An ICE detainer is a request to temporarily hold an individual in order for a federal immigration officer to arrive and assume custody of that individual. In this case, these detainers are in reference to criminal illegal aliens who have landed in local or state custody for an unrelated crime and have caught the attention of ICE officers.
Courtesy Charles Reed/ICE/Handout via REUTERS
A county sheriff, for example, could arrest an illegal alien for a DUI. That individual’s arrest would then prompt ICE to lodge a detainer request with the sheriff’s office, asking it to hold the alien long enough for an officer to arrive and make an apprehension.
ICE lodged a total of 165,487 detainers in fiscal year 2019, according to data the agency provided. The information TRAC released reveals that detainers were spread to a total of 3,671 law enforcement agencies across 2,158 counties — encompassing every state in the country.
The data indicate how integral local and state cooperation is for federal immigration authorities, which count on these law enforcement agencies to transfer custody of many illegal aliens.
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