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'Politics Over Public Safety': County Refused ICE Requests To Detain Nearly 1,000 Criminal Illegal Aliens

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Fairfax County, Virginia, refused more than 900 requests from federal immigration authorities to detain criminal illegal aliens in the area over a two-year period, according to an investigation by a conservative immigration group.

The county received a total of 929 detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but only 14 requests were fulfilled in the form of warrants, according to the Immigration Reform Law Institute.

Ninety-eight percent of the detainer requests were denied by Fairfax County officials from May 2018 to May 2020, the group found.

“There is nothing unacceptable about any detainer that seeks to remove criminals from our neighborhoods,” senior fellow at Immigration Reform Law Institute and former acting director of ICE Tom Homan said in a statement.

“There is nothing unacceptable about law enforcement working hand in hand with other law enforcement to protect our communities and keep our streets safer.

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“What is unacceptable is when a law enforcement leader chooses politics over public safety and fails to protect the communities he is sworn to protect,” Homan said.

Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid terminated the county’s service agreement with ICE in May 2018, ending the practice of holding illegal aliens suspected in criminal acts past their release date without a court-ordered detainer, according to a news release from the office.

The law enforcement official called the decision “expedient” for her department.

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Fairfax County in June 2020 issued an order that forbids local officers from complying with ICE warrants and prohibits deportation authorities from accessing county buildings, according to The Washington Times.

“Officers may not participate in, or facilitate, the enforcement of federal civil statutes (i.e. immigration laws),” the order read.

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