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As the debate over illegal immigration rages on, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday that despite the agency issuing detainer requests, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office released over 140 criminal aliens with zero regard for the safety of the general public during a one week period.
As illustrated in the first publicly released ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report, during the time period of January 28 to February 3, 2017, 206 criminal aliens were released across the country in defiance of federal detainer requests, 142 of them in Travis County alone.
In response to the sickening the statistics released by the agency, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a written statement that “Today’s report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas.
Governor Abbott said in the written statement. “The Travis County Sheriff’s decision to deny ICE detainer requests and release back into our communities criminals charged with heinous crimes… is dangerous and should be criminal in itself. Texas will act to put an end to sanctuary policies that put the lives of our citizens at risk.”
Over the weekend, Governor Abbott put pressure on the Texas House of Representatives to pass Senate Bill 4, a bill by State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) outlawing sanctuary jurisdictions in the state.
Many of those released by the Travis County Sheriff were charged with violent crimes that make the person ineligible to remain in the United States. ICE officials issued detainers for these criminal aliens to prevent them from being released to the general public where they might commit future crimes.
So what types of criminal charges are we talking about?
Sexual assault (including assaults against children), indecent exposure, fraud, weapons charges, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, aggravated assault, domestic violence and drug possession… To name a few.