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New York continues to bolster its sanctuary city status

The “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” was created to spotlight the lack of cooperation from the country’s “sanctuary cities.” Announced via a January executive order and still in its infancy, the weekly document lists the number of times communities have turned down requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, week two covering February 4-10 puts communities in New York and California at a tie atop the list. Both states account for nearly half of the refusals. Other cities that also turned down detainers include Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

During that seven-day period, ICE issues 2,825 detainers nationwide. Only 47 were declined. New York alone received 73 and rejected 12.

The report also revealed that ICE pursued, but could not take into custody undocumented immigrants charged with or suspected or convicted of drug possession, domestic violence and assault.

The outcome report also tracks jurisdictions that recently publicly declared themselves sanctuary cities. Those include Ithaca, New York; Tulare, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Travis County, Texas; Iowa City, Iowa; and Boulder, Colorado.

“Sanctuary cities” are on notice that non-cooperation is not an indication of future pursuits. Efforts will continue. ICE field offices were told to go on issuing detainers on all removable aliens in law enforcement custody, even if an initial order had been turned down.

Because of those policies, the number of detainers will only increase as the weekly reports continue.

This week’s release was particularly notable. It was the first since Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to cut funding for cities not complying with federal immigration law.

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