WASHINGTON, March 25, 2017 — Convicted rapists, thieves, and drunk drivers are on a list newly released by the Trump administration. This list is of illegal aliens set free from local jails which refuse to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.
Earlier this week, ICE released its first “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” (DDOC).
A DDOC is “a weekly report that lists the jurisdictions that have declined to honor ICE detainers or requests for notification and includes examples of criminal charges associated with those released aliens,” a press release from ICE stated. “The report provides information on declined detainers and requests for notification for that reporting period.”
A detainer is a two-day hold which ICE places on illegal aliens and non-citizens convicted of certain crimes. It normally obliges local jails to hold these individuals, who are otherwise scheduled for release, for up to two extra business days so that ICE can pick them up for deportation proceedings.
Jessica Vaughan is a policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). On December 14, 2016, during the opening statements of her debate at the National Press Club on sanctuary cities with William Stock, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, she first proposed Denny’s Law.
In describing Denny’s law, Vaughan said, “One of the Trump administration’s first moves to address the sanctuaries should be to provide the public with more information on the practical effect of these policies. ICE should be directed to publish a weekly list of details about the criminal aliens who are freed by the sanctuaries, including criminal histories. In addition, where possible, the victims should also be notified.”
Effectively, Denny’s law is DDOC, though Vaughan was careful not to take credit.
“I may have suggested it (implementing Denny’s law) back in a presentation I did (for the transition) in December 2016,” Vaughan said. But she was quick to note that she doesn’t know if others also suggested it or if the administration had already thought up the idea.
Denny’s Law is named after Denny McCann, who was killed in Chicago on June 8, 2011 by an illegal alien drunk driver named Saul Chavez.
Chavez was driving with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit on the northwest side of Chicago when he hit Denny McCann, who was attempting to cross the street. Chavez dragged McCann about two hundred feet with his car.
Chavez was arrested at the scene and held in Cook County Jail on a $200,000 bond. In September 2011, Cook County passed an ordinance forbidding the jail from cooperating with ICE on any detainer; Chavez’s bond was paid in November 2011 and he was released rather than held for ICE by Cook County Jail.
Chavez was stopped in 2008 for another drunk driving offense, at which time he admitted to being in the country illegally. Even so, the local Chicago police did not inform immigration authorities due to their jurisdiction’s longstanding sanctuary city policies against doing so.
DDOC is borne out of Section H of executive order 13768, signed by President Trump on January 25, 2017. This broad executive order puts sanctuary cities in Trump’s crosshairs.
Vaughan said that the list, which will be prepared weekly, is part of an overall push by the administration to draw more attention to the crimes and violence associated with sanctuary policies.
It gives proponents of ending sanctuary policies data points to dispel myths about who is targeted by ICE detainers. “This report shows ICE does not go after people with broken tail lights.”
The data from the first release bolsters Vaughan’s case. Among those released, 12 were convicted of domestic violence, 17 were still awaiting trial on domestic violence charges, eight were charged with sexual assault, four were charged with child molestation, 23 were convicted of driving under the influence, and 17 were charged with driving under the influence.
Vaughan noted that the list will help people living in these sanctuary areas to spot examples of dangerous individuals left on their streets, noting of the first list, “If you live in Baltimore, you can see they released a drug trafficker. In Philadelphia, they released someone charged with homicide.”