Washington, D.C. to Release Illegal Alien Criminals Back into Communities

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Washington, D.C. has become the latest in a growing number of mostly liberal states and localities that is ignoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), when ICE asks these states and localities to hold suspected criminal illegal aliens for ICE to pick up.

Last month, Washington, D.C. passed an ordinance stating that it would no longer cooperate with ICE detainers for most suspected criminal illegal aliens. ICE detainers are holds, up to two business days, that ICE puts on municipal prisoners that it wants to pick up because ICE suspects these prisoners are also in the country illegally.

Normally, when ICE places a detainer on a municipal prisoner, those prisoners that would finish a sentence, be it because they made bail or finished their prison sentences, would still be held in order for ICE to pick them up. In Washington, D.C., local officials will ignore ICE detainers for all suspected criminal illegal aliens except those that have committed “dangerous crimes.”

Washington, D.C.’s city council passed this ordinance in response to the ICE program, Secure Communities, coming into effect in their jurisdiction. Secure Communities is an ICE data sharing program that gives ICE fingertip access to the personal information of all individuals detained in the jails of localities that cooperate.

Proponents of rights for suspected illegal aliens have hailed Washington, D.C.’s policy as a step in the right direction. Many liberal politicians and activists believe that Secure Communities has been used to unfairly target otherwise law abiding suspected illegal aliens.

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson told the Washington Post that Secure Communities was heavy-handed and that the ordinance passed would promote community harmony.

“That works against community policing,”  Mendelson said. “We want people who are victims to report crime, and we want witnesses to report crime.”

ICE, for its, part issued a magnanimous statement, saying that the agency hopes to work with localities to insure public safety.

“ICE remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners to help make our communities safer by focusing our resources on public safety and national security threats, border security, and the integrity of the immigration system,” said Danielle Bennett, a spokesperson for ICE.

Not everyone agrees, however.

“This is about public safety,” said Brian McCann. “This ordinance ignores public safety.”

McCann should know. On June 7, 2011, his brother, Denny, was killed by an illegal alien driving drunk in Chicago. The driver, Saul Chavez, was arrested at the scene. During a previous drunk driving arrest in 2007, he admitted to police that he was in the country illegally.

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  • David

    The moonbats keep voting for these politicians who keep releasing criminals who are also illegals [double criminals?] into the community. Once released, they possibly move to new areas where their criminal activities continue. And they are a drain on the cities, states and federal government financial resources.

    • rayrmelc123

      All I can say is get your CCW and get ready to protect your self

  • jacob

    By the way, wasn't DC which reelected that mayor who went to prison for drug trafficking ????

    Then is there anythig different to be expected from such a city ????

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    DC is trying to replace the law that buildings shouldn't be taller than the Capitol.

    The Saudi's are planning to build a "Sharia compliant" building across from the Verizon Center.

    (This is common knowlege by the way.)

    Could it be that they are pressing for just such a new law?

  • Spider

    Don't you just love the term "otherwise law abiding suspected illegal aliens" ? This is about as Orwelian as it gets. Now even aliens who came into the country illegally and comitted crimes are the good guys to these people. I wonder how the so called "Proponents of rights for suspected illegal aliens" would feel if was their son, daughter or wife who was raped robbed maimed or killed by one of these people? But see they don't give a crap and neither does the rest of our government.

    • Bright Knight

      I wonder how the so called "Proponents of rights for suspected illegal aliens" would feel if was their son, daughter or wife who was raped robbed maimed or killed by one of these people?

      even then they would think it's not the fault of the illegal alien. These liberals, do-gooders and all these nudniks are wrong programmed…

  • CWD

    I guess it's not only the deranged criminals that we must protect ourselves from but we must protect ourselves against the looney leftist who's dead set on aiding and abetting these crazies. That's the Anti 2nd Amendment , Anti freedom loving, Progressive/Commies. — I'm a believer in respecting the freedom, rights, and privacy of others. I served four years active duty in the military hoping to help preserve these values and it disgust me to see them snatched away. I will be voting in November and there should be no doubt who I hope to see voted out of office.

  • Ghostwriter

    This isn't just an insult to native-born Americans,it's yet another insult to legal immigrants.They should be incredibly angry. I sure am.

  • jose

    If the people vote these criminals into office they should expect lawlessness. ;) Whine!