This week’s first official “detainer” report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement included a list of 118 self-declared immigrant sanctuary cities. President Trump has threatened to strip federal funding from the localities, but the consequences for those on the list are a mystery.
Department of Homeland Security lists the cases of 206 unnamed individuals who ICE says committed “notable criminal activity” and still were released from local jails. Some cities, counties say that cooperating with the federal government can reduce the trust in local police.
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), chairman of the House panel that controls Justice Department spending, said states and cities will be denied millions of dollars in law enforcement grants unless they complied with federal law on sanctuary cities. It hasn’t happened yet.
One report, “Most Foreign-Born US-Based Violent Extremists Radicalized After Entering Homeland,” analyzed 90 cases involving suspected or confirmed foreign-born terrorists, finding that most of them probably embraced extremist ideology after they arrived in the U.S., not before.
Proposed presidential budget cut disappoints officials in places like Miami-Dade County, which became the first jurisdiction to shed its “sanctuary city” status by complying with Trump’s immigration authorities.
“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
Judge Derrick Watson cites “strong likelihood” that Trump’s order intentionally targets Muslims and therefore violates the Constitution’s guarantee against establishment of religion. Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland said the new order “remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.” The President may take the issue to the Supreme Court.
Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than do native-born citizens, reports The Sentencing Project. “Improving public safety is a complicated question that cannot be addressed by scapegoating foreign-born residents,” says the organization.
Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland will hold hearings on whether to prohibit immediate implementation of the revised order, which temporarily bars new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. A third challenge is pending in Seattle.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said ICE’s forays into courthouses will have a “chilling” impact, and are “very shortsighted” because some immigrants here illegally will simply avoid court for fear of being arrested.