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President Trump Slammed liberal sanctuary cities today for releasing 142 dangerous gang members in the past 9 months.
Sanctuary Cities released at least 142 Gang Members across the United States, making it easy for them to commit all forms of violent crimes where none would have existed. We are doing a great job of law enforcement, but things such as this make safety in America difficult!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
The Center for Immigration Studies reported:
According to ICE statistics provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, over a nine-month period in FY2017, 142 gang members that ICE was seeking to deport were released by the local law enforcement agency instead of transferred to ICE custody. Two-thirds of the releases occurred in California, which has had a strict sanctuary policy in effect since January 2014. Fifteen of the aliens were members of the MS-13 gang and 127 were members of other gangs.
The releases occurred in 37 jurisdictions. All but one of these (Maricopa County, Ariz.) are considered sanctuary jurisdictions because of local policies that prohibit full cooperation with ICE. In these jurisdictions, authorities are prohibited from honoring ICE detainers, which are notifications (accompanied by warrants of arrest) for the local agency to hold an alien for ICE, or to provide ICE with the date and time of the alien’s release from local custody.
The largest number of releases (22) took place in Santa Clara County, where the extreme sanctuary policy pre-dates the state sanctuary law. Los Angeles and Orange Counties had the next highest number of releases, with 16 and 12 gang members released. Outside of California, the next largest number of releases occurred in Travis County, Texas, which includes the city of Austin, where 11 gang members were released.
Most of the MS-13 gang member releases were in Maryland, with five MS-13 members released by Montgomery County and four by Prince George’s County.