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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been promising to defend undocumented immigrants in New York against aggressive immigration measures since the early days of the Trump administration.

According to de Blasio, the objective of his “sanctuary city” policies is to ensure that witnesses to and victims of crimes can report those to the police without fear of immigration repercussions.

De Blasio, however, has gone much further, and the consequences have been disastrous. In addition to impeding the ability of ICE to locate and apprehend criminal aliens, he has released dangerous criminal aliens into the community who could have been detained by ICE pending the completion of removal proceedings.

Detainer requests

ICE uses detainers to ask local law enforcement agencies that are detaining an apparently removable alien to (1) notify ICE when the alien is scheduled to be released, and (2) to maintain custody of the alien for up to 48 hours beyond the time he otherwise would have been released, to give ICE a chance to pick him up.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) ignored every one of the 2,916 detainer requests it received from ICE in the 12 months ending June 30, including one for a 21-year-old Guyanese immigrant named “Reeaz Khan.” After being released from custody, Khan allegedly sexually assaulted Maria Fuertes, 92, choked her, and then left her for dead outside her home in Queens a few weeks ago. She lay on the ground in 32-degree weather, half-dressed, for two hours before she was found, conscious but incoherent. She died shortly afterward at a nearby hospital. A post-mortem examination revealed horrific injuries, including a broken spine, fractured ribs, bruising on her chest and neck, internal hemorrhaging and injuries to her vagina.

Acting ICE Director Matthew T. Albence blamed de Blasio for Maria’s death, claiming that his sanctuary policies prevented Khan from being transferred to ICE for removal proceedings.

Albence has released a list of migrants who were subjects of New York detainer requests last year. They accounted for 17,873 criminal convictions and 6,500 criminal charges. The charges and convictions included more than 200 homicides, 500 robberies, 1,000 sexual offenses, 1,000 weapons offenses and 3,500 assaults.

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Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him on Twitter @NolanR1 or at https://nolanrappaport.blogspot.com.