California Freezes Out ICE

The Department of Homeland Security has released its very first report on how law agencies are hurting their deportation work.

The biggest offender? California!

Multiple jurisdictions in the golden state were named as agencies that were potentially "endangering Americans" by not cooperating with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The report, called "Declined Detainer Outcome Report" lists those that do not comply with requests to hold suspects to be processed for potential deportation.

Acting Director for ICE Thomas Homan says cooperation is critical.

"When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission.” 

The report specifies one instance that in late January-early February the LAPD and the LA County Sheriff's Department declined detaining five suspects with criminal convictions. 

Homan is asking to build a joint relationship between ICE and local law enforcement.

 “We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.”

This isn't the first time California has pushed back against the deportation regulations.

Last week, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye asked the federal government to stop hanging around courthouses to make arrests.

Numerous California cities have declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says police will not get involved in ICE's deportations.

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