Brilliant tactic to get the Feds to do their jobs. Check it.
Local police agencies across the country are frustrating efforts at the federal level to detain and deport criminal illegal immigrants, leaving immigration officials scrambling to track them down.
In the last nine months, 275 counties have refused to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they be notified before releasing an illegal immigrant from custody.
In doing so, those jurisdictions have released some 9,000 with criminal records who otherwise would have been removed from the U.S.
In the past, these so-called “detainer requests” from ICE were routinely granted.
Now, however, the very counties that once turned over thousands of illegal immigrant felons to ICE are refusing — afraid of being sued for holding the wrong person or forced to renege by immigrant-friendly policies in Democrat-dominated districts.
According to ICE Field Supervisory Agent David Marin, police are releasing murder suspects, firearms offenders, drug traffickers and documented gang members, despite requests not to.
“Statistics show of these convicted felons, 75 percent of them are going to reoffend,” Marin told Fox News, during an exclusive ride-along with a fugitive task force. “So if we can get them in the jails before they get an opportunity to reoffend and create more victims, for us it is a win-win situation. By law enforcement agencies not honoring our detainers, it really undermines our authority and our mission, which is to go out and protect the public.”
In southern California, almost every police agency and jail refuses to turn over criminal illegal immigrants to ICE for removal. Instead, they’re released back onto the streets where many do not have a local address.