Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials have been vocal about their mission to deport millions of undocumented immigrants per president Donald Trump’s orders. In March, ICE released its first “Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” which lists crimes reportedly committed by undocumented immigrants in states that declined to cooperate with the agency.
But only a month later, ICE announced their weekly reports are temporarily suspended after making eight mistakes that prompted an apology.
The reports became a reality after president Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting undocumented immigrants, regardless of their criminal history.
But police chiefs in New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Nevada doubted the accuracy of the report, calling for ICE to fix their mistakes. A sheriff in Minnesota told The New York Times the report was “incorrect in many ways.”
One report included Clark County in Nevada for not cooperating with detainer requests.
The county was named as one of the jurisdictions that declined the most number of requests.
But Clark County actually participates in the controversial 287(g) program, according to officer Michael Rodriguez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The program aims to train local police officials to access a detainee's legal status and transfer undocumented immigrants to ICE.
Rodriguez told Fox News:
“ICE is notified when a person in our custody has a detainer – since January 2017, 99 inmates have been released to ICE’s custody.”
The same mistake happened with Franklin County in New York.
Although police officials handed over inmates to ICE, denied no detainer request and grants interviews with inmates, the agency still listed them in their report.
Stephen Ritchey, ICE’s assistant director in Pennsylvania, issued an apology to the county, according to Keystone Crosstroads, which said:
“On a personal note, I would like to apologize for the unwarranted attention this issue has placed on your and your staff. [We’ve] had a strong working relationship … for many years, and despite various policies and practices, we have always worked together to keep our communities safe.”