In an article published on October 8th, the Center for Immigration Studies reported that the number of sanctuary cities and counties has increased to 340 localities releasing 9,295 criminal aliens during the fiscal year 2014.
We are all accustomed, unfortunately, to news of misguided, ineffective, and downright illegal actions by government at all levels, but this report hit closer to home than usual.
Chesterfield County is one of the jurisdictions newly added to the DHS’s list of sanctuary cities and counties. In the December, 2014, ICE’s Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Unit produced a document titled “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” in response to a Congressional committee inquiry.
As provided exclusively to the Virginia Free Citizen, this report cited the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Chesterfield County jail of engaging in activities that “qualified” it as a sanctuary jurisdiction, specifically that “[t]he county will notify ICE when a detainee is going to be released, however, they will not hold an individual for any additional time.” Continue reading