Report: 'Sanctuary' policies slowing inmate transfers to ICE

About 69 percent of arrests during the first 135 days of the Trump administration were transfers from criminal custody


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A new report suggests that pushback from California and some cities is slowing the transfer of inmates into immigration custody despite the Trump administration stepping up immigration arrests overall.

The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute says Tuesday that about 69 percent of arrests during the first 135 days of the Trump administration were transfers from criminal custody. That's compared with more than 85 percent during the early years of the Obama administration.

In this March 30, 2012, file photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take a suspect into custody as part of a nationwide immigration sweep in Chula Vista, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
In this March 30, 2012, file photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take a suspect into custody as part of a nationwide immigration sweep in Chula Vista, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

The shift comes as California and a range of cities have passed measures limiting police collaboration with immigration enforcement. The report highlights dramatic differences between enforcement in different parts of the country and comes amid a raging debate over so-called sanctuary policies.

The Trump administration sued California over its laws earlier this year.

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