Because You Asked: How Did Trump Just Change the Criminal Illegals Release Policy?
An ATP Report Production – on this episode Barry Nussbaum explains what the new administration is doing to alter the catch and release policy for criminal illegals. March 24, 2017.
Welcome to this segment of Because You Asked, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
You will remember that candidate Donald Trump made numerous references on the campaign trail to the large numbers of illegal immigrants who had committed crimes in the United States and in many cases, were detained and then released by law enforcement across the United States. The large numbers of sanctuary cities openly refused to enforce federal immigration laws going so far as refusing to detain known criminals, instead releasing them back under the streets even in cases where ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials had specifically requested for the prisoner to be detained until federal officers could come to collect that person. You will probably remember then candidate Trump appearing on stage for the various families who suffered greatly by the loss of a loved one as the victim of crime committed by such illegal immigrants who were released in spite of their criminal backgrounds. Now that candidate Trump is President Trump. Here is today’s question on Because You Asked: what is the new administration doing to alter this catch and release policy?
The answer quite simply is publicity. Immigration and Customs enforcement officials have released their first weekly report on cities that refuse to cooperate with the agency’s requests for illegal immigrants arrested in connection with crimes. This first report, covering just the week of January 28 to February 3 contains information on a whopping 206 illegals that were set free by local law enforcement instead of being held for deportation. Information contained in the report includes the illegal’s jurisdiction, country of origin, detainer issue/decline date, their “notable criminal activity,” and whether they have been convicted or simply charged. Those crimes include everything from battery to assault, DUI, indecent exposure, homicide and heroin trafficking. Let me read you some of the crimes committed by these illegals where they are from and where they were released after being detained. ICE did not release their names.
- New Orleans, Louisiana – battery
- Baltimore city, Maryland – drug trafficking
- Montgomery, Maryland – assault
- Prince Georges, Maryland – assault
- Hennepin, Minnesota – amphetamine, possession of weapon
- Harrison, Mississippi – driving under influence
- Brooklyn, New York – possession of obscene material
- Queens, New York – intimidation
- Rikers Island, Queens, New York – dangerous drugs, assault
“This is an effort for us to be transparent with regards to how we conduct our enforcement operations and the public safety from those agencies that don’t cooperate with those enforcement efforts,” said a DHS official briefing reporters.
Opponents of ICE’s ‘detainer’ process have various excuses as to why they are still refusing to comply with the feds. Some jurisdictions feel that legally, without a warrant from ICE, they cannot detain individuals beyond the extent otherwise dictated by criminal law. There is also concern that because people may only be charged with a crime and not convicted, they could be deported before the conclusion of a trial.
The previously quoted DHS official, meanwhile, has countered this by stating law enforcement agencies have an obligation to protect the “safety and security” of their community, “that’s why this report is so important.” Here are a few more from the ICE report:
- Hoover City Jail, Jefferson, Alabama – drug possession
- Alameda, California – domestic violence
- Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California – arson
- Los Angeles, California – assault, domestic violence
A statement on ICE’s website further expands on the importance of the reports which will apparently be released weekly going forward. “If jurisdictions do not honor ICE detainers, criminals are released into communities, where they can commit more crimes and are subject to at-large arrests which may be disruptive to communities,” it reads. The statement goes on to cite three examples of dangerous illegals with their names included:
- Milton Berrera-Lopez, who was released from local custody after authorities ignored an ICE detainer request. Berrera-Lopez has a conviction for two counts of indecent exposure involving minors in Guatemala.
- Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, a self-proclaimed ms-13 gang member who was released from NYPD custody. His criminal record in the U.S. includes criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
- Ramon Aguirre Ochoa, who was deported in 2009 but made his way back into the country and was arrested on domestic assault charges in 2015. Authorities refused ICE’s request for detainment and let him leave. He was subsequently charged with unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, indecent assault on a person less than 13, indecent exposure and assault.
Quite frankly, ATP is shocked that this lack of regard for public safety continues in spite of this publicity! The risk to all law abiding American citizens from coast to coast will continue until all of the cities including the sanctuary cities decide to honor the law! Law enforcement must enforce the laws!
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