The administration’s report comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s sweeping January executive order aimed at fighting illegal immigration. ICE is critical of local agencies limiting cooperation as it runs counter to Trump’s efforts, which he maintains will make America safer as undocumented immigrants who commit crimes are deported.
“At the end of the day, this is a public safety issue,” a senior ICE official told reporters on a conference call Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Mann, who presides over a faithfully blue county that greatly favored Hillary Clinton over Trump, said he’ll still cooperate with immigration officials to detain unauthorized immigrants. He just doesn’t intend to hold inmates the extra 48 hours.
“We all benefit from a nation of laws that regulate the ways people can be detained,” the sheriff said, “and we should be grateful that is the case.”
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They are cities and counties (and in some instances, states) that have policies in place that limit cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.