Attorney General Jeff Sessions released the following statement on Monday regarding the first of weekly forthcoming reports from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on “sanctuary cities” with data from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.):
This important report demonstrates a clear and ongoing threat to public safety. It is not acceptable for jurisdictions to refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement by releasing criminal aliens back into our communities when our law required them to be deported. The Department of Justice will use all lawful authority to ensure that criminals who are illegally in this country are detained and removed swiftly and to hold accountable jurisdictions that willfully violate federal law.
In late January, President Donald Trump directed DHS via executive order to produce a “comprehensive” weekly list outlining crimes committed by foreigners illegally in the country:
To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the [Secretary of Homeland Security] shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.