ICE Issues Subpoenas in Second ‘Sanctuary City’ For Information on Illegal Aliens

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued subpoenas for information about criminal illegal aliens in a second “sanctuary city,” escalating its battle with locales that refuse to honor its detainer requests.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served four immigration subpoenas Friday on the New York Department of Corrections (NYDOC) requesting information on multiple illegal aliens who were criminally arrested in New York City, and yet under New York’s non-cooperation policies officials have refused to honor ICE detainers or even provide ICE with information about the release dates of criminal alien public safety threats,” said a press release from Jan. 18. “Issuance of these immigration subpoenas was necessary because the NYDOC has continued to ignore ICE’s requests for information and cooperation.”

ICE says it is seeking information on a 21-year-old Guyanese national accused of murdering and raping an elderly woman, a 26-year-old Salvadoran man charged with assault in the United States and wanted for homicide in El Salvador, a 38-year-old Mexican national charged with attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and attempted assault who was released from prison after posting bail, and another 38-year-old Mexican national, previously jailed for drug trafficking, charged with drug crimes.

New York City has ignored ICE detainer requests for three of the four aliens, allowing them out of jail to roam the streets freely. The 21-year-old Guyanese national is being held without bail and won’t be released in the near future, but he too was a beneficiary of New York City’s “sanctuary city” policies. He was arrested last year for violent crimes, but the city ignored ICE’s detainer request. (Related: Illegal Alien Stands Accused of Murder and Rape After NYC Ignored Previous ICE Detainer Request)

ICE said that it has been forced to take such extraordinary measures to keep the public at large safe.

“ICE uses statutorily-authorized immigration subpoenas to obtain information as part of investigations regarding potential removable aliens,” the press release said. “ICE has not historically needed to use its lawful authority to issue these subpoenas to obtain information from other law enforcement agencies as most law enforcement agencies throughout the country willingly provide ICE with information regarding aliens arrested for crimes in the interest of public safety.”

Henry Lucero, acting Deputy Executive Associate Director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), criticized the city for its policies.

“Like any law enforcement agency, we are used to modifying our tactics as criminals shift their strategies; but it’s disheartening that we must change our practices and jump through so many hoops with partners who are restricted by sanctuary laws passed by politicians with a dangerous agenda,” he said.

Last week, in an agency first, ICE subpoenaed the city of Denver for information on four illegal aliens.

The Rundown News reported:

For the first time in its history, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has subpoenaed law enforcement in a “sanctuary city” to obtain information on illegal aliens living there.

ICE is seeking information on three Mexican nationals and one Honduran national, all who have been previously deported, and now stand accused of violent offenses like sexual abuse and child abuse. Still, the city of Denver — and AP, for that matter — seem to have taken the side of the accused criminals.

AP described the subpoenas as an “escalation” between ICE and cities that might be breaking federal immigration law by refusing to turn illegal aliens over to the federal law enforcement agency.

Denver said that it will not comply with the subpoenas.

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