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Texas County Leads Nation in Declined ICE Detainer Requests

Sheriff Sally Hernandez;  Photo: Gabriel Cristover Perez

Sheriff Sally Hernandez; Photo: Gabriel Cristover Perez

The Travis County Sheriff's Office in Texas is the most prolific decliner of detainer requests by ICE, recent data revealed.

Between January 28-February 3, 2017, ICE declined detainer requests on 142 criminal illegal aliens, according to data released by the Department of Homeland Security. That number represents nearly 70 percent of all declined detainer requests across the entire nation for that time period.

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has stated that she will only cooperate with ICE detainer requests under certain, specific circumstances.

In total, the report states that of 3,083 detainer requests sent by ICE to local jurisdictions, 206 were declined. 

Read the entire DHS report HERE.

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Data Reveals Huge Drop in Illegal Border Crossings Last Month

Photo: John Moore

Photo: John Moore

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced on Wednesday that attempted illegal border crossings dropped 40 percent in February compared to numbers from January.

The data represents the number of individuals apprehended or who were stopped from illegally entering the country along the southern border. 

Although DHS noted that there is typically a drop in apprehensions in February over January, the drop is normally in the 10-20 percent range, far lower than the 40 percent recorded this year.

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Homeland Security Agent Dies From Injuries Sustained in Earlier Hit and Run

Photo: ODMP.org

Photo: ODMP.org

A federal agent gravely injured in an on-duty hit and run accident earlier in the month died from his injuries on Monday.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Agent Scott McGuire was struck by a passerby while trying to get into a cab in South Beach on January 15.

The alleged driver, Jordana Rosales, 21, fled the scene after the accident but was subsequently taken into custody. 

Rosales subsequently posted a $100,000 bond and is currently under house arrest.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement that read, “Befitting his selfless nature, the special agent was an organ donor, and although we are immeasurably diminished by his death, we can at least take some small comfort in knowing that his final act gave others the chance to live. ICE asks that you join us in keeping his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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