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Posted on: April 20th, 2017
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DHS Releases ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) declined detainer report from the week of January 28, 2017 through February 3, 2017. It outlines the highest volume of detainers issued to jurisdictions which have been uncooperative, jurisdictions with recorded declined detainers broken down by individuals released, jurisdictions which have enacted policies limiting cooperation with ICE, and the scope of the report and the data fidelity. The report has been criticized as being a propaganda effort by the Administration to demonize cities that refuse to cooperate with the Administration’s massive deportation efforts.

ICE compiled a list of the noncooperative jurisdictions which received the highest number of detainers during the week of January 28 through February 3. Between the 10 jurisdictions, 157 detainers were issued, with Clark county in Nevada accounting for 32.4% of that total, with 51 detainers. Nassau county in New York accounted for a little more than 24% of the total with 38 detainers. Cook county Illinois accounted for 13 detainers, and Montgomery, Iowa and Snohomish Washington each accounted for 12. Due to the jurisdictions maintaining noncompliance, the outcome of these detainers has yet to be determined.

ICE also listed the jurisdictions with recorded declined detainers broken down by individuals. Of the 206 detainers issued by ICE which were declined by the jurisdiction, the vast majority,142 individuals receiving detainers, occurred in Travis county, Texas. Also included in the listing is additional information such as the country of citizenship for each individual, the date of issuance of the detainer, the date it was declined, and a notable criminal activity associated with the individual, specifying whether the individual was charged or convicted.

ICE furthermore listed all jurisdictions which have enacted a policy of noncompliance with the efforts of ICE agents. The jurisdictions are listed in chronological order beginning with the most recent to enact such policy, and outlines what criteria the jurisdiction has in place which would, if met, illicit compliance with ICE.

Some field offices began to refrain from issuing detainers to jurisdictions known to be uncooperative, but have since been instructed to resume issuances in such instances. This should lead to increased numbers moving forward. ICE will continue to update this report on a weekly basis.

For more information, view the report.


DHS Intelligence Report Indicates Citizenship Likely an Unreliable Indicator of Terrorist Threat to the United States

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested a paper which assessed the terrorist threat of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, all of which were affected by the Executive Order entitled “protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The analysis utilized publicly available press releases from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on terrorism related convictions and terrorist attack perpetrators who were killed in the act, Department of State visa statistics, the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the United States Intelligence Community, and the Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2015, to reach its conclusion. It did not focus its assessment on domestic terrorism.

The analysis of data led to the conclusion that country of origin is not a viable predictor of terrorist criminal activity. The foreign born, U.S. based individuals who were inspired by foreign terrorist organizations to commit acts of terror on U.S. soil were citizens of 26 different countries, with no country accounting for more than 13.5 percent of the foreign-born total. Relatively few individuals from the seven countries identified in the Executive Order maintain access to the United States, in comparison to neighboring countries. Iraq, Syria, and Yemen harbor terrorist groups that are threatening to the United States, while the groups in Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia remain regionally active but are not actively focused on the United States.

The report identified at least 82 primarily U.S. based individuals who were either convicted of terrorism-related crimes or died while law enforcement was in pursuit. Of those 82, slightly more than half were U.S. born, with 26 countries representing the rest of the group, with no country representing more than 13.5 percent of the total. Of the 26 countries, the top seven countries of origin were Pakistan, which accounted for 5 individuals, Somalia, which accounted for 3, and Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Uzbekistan, each of which accounted for 2. Iran, Sudan, and Yemen each accounted for 1 individual, and no individuals came from Syria.

For more information, view the DHS intelligence report.


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