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Trump’s DHS releases list with local jails that shamefully won’t hold illegals

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The Trump administration is taking a name and shame approach as it pressures local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration law.

The Department of Homeland Security released a list of 206 cases of illegal immigrants released from custody before they could be taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Fox News reported.

Around two-thirds of the case came from Travis County, texas, home to the liberal city of Austin.

The 206 cases do not represent all cases in which ICE wanted custody of a suspect and were denied by local authorities and it isn’t clear what time frame is covered by the list, according to Fox News.

The report highlights a variety of crimes, including the case of a Jamaican national in Philadelphia charged with homicide, along with multiple sex offenses, assaults and driving under the influence cases. The majority of the immigrants whose cases are highlighted are from Mexico or Central America. The Travis County cases also include a mix of convictions and charges ranging from drunken driving to aggravated assault and sexual assault.

Sally Hernandez, the sheriff of Travis County, campaigned, and won, on a promise of not cooperating with ICE, other than in cases of major crimes like murder and sexual assault.

That policy prompted Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to cut $1.5 million in grants to the county.

Between Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, ICE issued 3,083 detainers but it is unclear how many have been honored, according to Fox News.

Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, said when serious criminals are released because detainers weren’t honored “it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission.”

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