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Reno Gazette Journal
July 27, 2015

Fact Checker: Is Reno an immigration sanctuary city?
By Mark Robison

An ICE report obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies found that 8,145 immigrants were released by local jails between January and August 2014 despite ICE detainers. About 1,800 were later re-arrested for various crimes; it was unclear whether these were for new or old crimes. (ICE would not comment on the report.) Most re-arrests were for drug violations or drunk driving. The report cited six examples of more serious offenses, including one California case of an arrest for sex crimes involving a child younger than 14. Immigrant rights advocates have criticized these policies because, they say, they have not been focused on the removal of dangerous criminals from the country as promised. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University crunched the numbers and found 86 percent of ICE “detainers” in fiscal 2012 and early 2013 were for people who posed no “serious threat to public safety or national security.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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