Trump publishes first weekly list of 'crimes committed by immigrants'

A girl watches during a workshop for immigrants to make a preparedness plan in case they are confronted by immigration officials at a Los Angeles charter school where 48-year-old father of four Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was recently arrested by ICE agen

From now on, the document will be released weekly by the Department of Homeland Security.

The data comes from the week of January 28 through February 3.

The announcement was made as part of a day of action by mayors of cities around the country against President Trump's immigration policies.

The Williamson County sheriff's office said the report is "misleading" and that it honors all ICE detainer requests. ICE wants to take custody of those individuals when they are released from local custody. The report said local police failed to act on 206 of those requests.

Lebanon County prison was included in Section III of the report listing jurisdictions which "Limit Cooperation with ICE". Travis County includes Austin, the state capital.

Wagner added that it's hard to comment on whether the numbers ICE gives are an accurate reflection of the immigration detainers the county has declined to honor, because the sheriff's office does not know how or from where ICE gathered the data.

Ultimately, said McDermott, the county's goal is to remain a welcoming place for marginalized individuals.

Alleged crimes range from rape and murder down to traffic offenses and drug possession.

More than 100 "Know Your Rights" workshops will also be offered citywide for students, parents, and faculty to help with immigration questions, the mayor said.

President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security seemed to be a public relations gift for Governor Greg Abbott. He said what Sheriff Hernandez is doing "puts the lives of our citizens at risk".

However, in the roundup of 51 people, which the American-Statesman called ICE "retribution" against Hernandez, ICE described 28 of the arrestees as "non-criminal", a percentage "significantly higher" than in other cities where ICE conducted similar raids, including Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. But if a person who ICE is looking for is booked at the county jail, the agency is contacted, Chief Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner said.

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The actual number of times local authorities declined to cooperate is unclear.

Northampton County continues to honor 48-hour detainers issued by ICE.

The report lists jurisdictions as non-compliant that are now complying with federal law, including the City of New Orleans, the Conference of Mayors stated.

Nisha Agarwal is New York's Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Monday that the report's findings demonstrate a "clear and ongoing threat to public safety".

According to the report, seven detainers were issued in Washington County during that time.

The report appears to make an example of Travis County, where a fierce battle is underway between left-leaning local leaders and Texas' conservative leadership over cooperating with federal agents.

On Monday, County Executive Ike Leggett spoke about the policy and how it would affect the arrest of two people last weekend.

"If [immigration] agents come to a school, they will be kept outside the building while the school staff assess the situation, get NYPD assistance and consult with appropriate city legal authorities", the mayor said at a press conference about the new policy.

Shurtleff pointed out that King County was among the largest counties on the list, and he said Metropolitan King County Council members are working to strengthen its ability to reach out to immigrant communities. And when they saw that, county officials were baffled.

"If I hold that person longer than they've been sentenced to jail, and it comes to terms that the ICE hold was requested, or placed, erroneously ... then I've essentially violated that person's Constitutional rights by holding them without any due process or due cause", he said.



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