More than 25,000 requests from the federal immigration officials have been refused to honor by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department regarding turning over undocumented immigrants that were being housed in its jails, according to the data reports received relating to the incident.
ICE spokesperson Alexx Pons made a statement that the requests lodged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the 2020 fiscal years have been represented by the figure.
In addition to that, the department would have also halted the transfer of undocumented men and women last week to the immigration agency, as said by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
This decision was taken by citing conditions at several ICE detention facilities along with the accompanying fear of deportation that has the capability to hinder criminal investigations.
There was an announcement made on the 18th of August 2020 wherein Villanueva said that there is no greater threat to public safety that is possible than those millions of undocumented immigrants who have the fear of reporting or are afraid to report the crime.
This fear can either be of the deportation or of having their families torn apart. He later added that he is holding himself responsible for everyone’s public safety as the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, regardless of the immigration status.
He made a statement that now he won’t be allowing an entire segment of the population to be fearful and afraid of reporting crimes to law enforcement or be pushed back into the shadows and be forced again.
Moreover, in an interview with the Washington Examiner, the executive associate for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, Henry Lucero, pushed back against Villanueva’s mandate.
He told the publication that ICE would support all individuals that plunge forward to report crimes, regardless of immigration status in the United States as a federal law enforcement agency.