Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CONYERS: Trump's ICE Detainer Report Shames Courageous Local Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today released the following statement after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued its first Declined Detainer Outcome Report, below, which, according to ICE, highlights jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification:

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
“The Trump administration took the bold step of publically shaming courageous, committed and hardworking local law enforcement agencies around the country.  The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR) condemns local governments and instead substitutes the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration for the judgment of police officers that are on the ground and in communities.  Local community trust policies are proven to keep communities safe, and they rely on the critical distinction between local police and immigration enforcement officers.   The Trump Administration has repeatedly promised to get the federal government out of people’s lives, but this report demonstrates that it intends to strong arm anyone that disagrees with its ideology, even at the expense of community safety and local police autonomy.”  

According to the Washington Post, Cody Wofsy, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project said, “This is part of an overall strategy to try to scare jurisdictions into becoming deportation agents. And the truth is that jurisdictions have the legal right to refuse to become entangled with the federal immigration enforcement system.”

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