LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report says more than 1,800 immigrants that the government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement report released today says that the re-arrested immigrants were among 8,145 people who were freed between January and August 2014, despite requests from federal agents that they be held for deportation.
The report provided by the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies says about 23 percent were eventually taken into custody again. The center actively opposes illegal immigration.
Many jurisdictions have stopped honoring so-called immigration detainers, saying they can’t hold arrestees without probable cause.
In a case drawing national attention to the issue, authorities say a woman was shot to death in San Francisco this month by a suspect who was released from jail despite an immigration detainer.