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142 criminally charged illegal immigrants released by Travis County

AUSTIN, Texas – The Department of Homeland Security released its first “Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” which highlights the counties around the country that are not cooperating with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.

Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, 206 criminally charged illegal immigrants nationwide were released from custody due to the denial of ICE detainer requests.

Travis County accounted for nearly 70 percent of such releases, the most by any county in the country.

One hundred and forty two criminals were released by the Texas county.

Of those released, the crimes they are accused of committing include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence and robbery.

“Today’s report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The Travis County Sheriff’s decision to deny ICE detainer requests and release back into our communities criminals charged with heinous crimes – including sexual offenses against children, domestic violence and kidnapping – is dangerous and should be criminal in itself. Texas will act to put an end to sanctuary policies that put the lives of our citizens at risk.”