Boston Authorities Refusing More ICE Detention Requests

Bucking a national trend of a sharp drop in the number of detainer requests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that have been denied by local law enforcement, the Boston ICE office saw 59 of its requests to hold on to arrested immigrants denied last year. That’s up from 56 in 2015 and just 18 in 2014.

The denial rate of ICE detainers nationally has plummeted, from 10,701 in 2014 and 8,546 in 2015 to 2,008 last year.

How Canada, Mexico Deal with Police-Immigration Issues

A few Canadian cities have adopted the “sanctuary city” label, but they don’t offer the same kind of protection from law enforcement that U.S. sanctuary cities do. Mexico made illegal immigration punishable only by a civil fine, in the hope was that migrants moving through Mexico would be less vulnerable to abuse and extortion.