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Trump Admin Makes Fight Against Sanctuary Cities Personal, Releases List ‘Naming and Shaming’ Them

If President Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration helped push him to the White House, it seems that it’s a promise he has not forgotten.

While the president’s border wall may be his most well-known commitment to fulfilling this pledge, it definitely isn’t the only one.

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security released its first list of communities that have refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities – something that, as KPIX  5 notes, some are saying is nothing more than a “shame campaign.”

The list — which was commissioned as part of an executive order Trump signed in January — specifically names “sanctuary” communities that have rejected Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “detainer” orders.

Detainer orders, as CNN explains, specifically request “local law enforcement agencies to hold certain individuals ICE believes could be deported for up to an extra 48 hours beyond the criminal process so they can be picked up by ICE.”

The report specifically names communities that have “had the highest volume of detainers issued” between January 28 and February 3 but that “do not comply with detainers on a routine basis.” Those that top the list are Clark County, Nevada; Nassau County, New York; and Cook County, Illinois, among dozens of others.

Though some have lashed out at the report  – San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera told the New York Times it was a “a shaming list, a scarlet letter that the federal government is going to put on jurisdictions around the country” — acting ICE Director Thomas Homan insists that it’s intended to help keep the American people safe:

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission.

Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.”

According to the report, ICE issued 3,083 detainers during the week of January 28 to February 3.

In total, 206 of these detainers were declined by various law enforcement agencies across the U.S.