Immigration officials are halting the fearmongering weekly reports that list crimes allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson told Fusion the agency is “temporarily suspending the publication of the Declined Detainer Outcome Reports,” which President Donald Trump signed into law in one of his immigration executive orders.
The weekly reports listed the crimes allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants and shamed the local law enforcement agencies that supposedly didn’t notify ICE they had these alleged criminals in custody or didn’t cooperate with “detainer requests” that hold immigrants after they’re released so they can be picked up for deportation.
“These [sanctuary] jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” Trump wrote in the executive order signed five days after he took office in January.
Several police agencies questioned the accuracy of the reports. Since ICE started publishing the reports last month, they’ve issued eight corrections, an apology, and are now ceasing the report until an undisclosed amount of time.
This comes as more police chiefs call for corrections and apologies. The New York Times quoted a sheriff in Minnesota who called the report “incorrect in many ways.”
The bungled reports are yet another obstacle facing Trump’s executive actions on immigration, which have faced multiple legal challenges—federal judges in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Illinois have also ruled that accepting detainers without warrants is unconstitutional.
The first report published last month put Clark County, NV, police departments on blast for not cooperating with detainer requests between January 28, 2017, and February 3, 2017. The report placed Clark County at the top of their list of jurisdictions with the highest number of declined federal requests.
But Officer Michael Rodriguez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Clark County told Fox News they do “in fact, participate in the 287(g) program as a jail-based review of immigration status and has for many years.”
“ICE is notified when a person in our custody has a detainer—since January 2017, 99 inmates have been released to ICE’s custody,” he told the news channel.
At least four cities were listed in reports for declining detainer requests that were never actually sent to them. ICE said the mistake was due to a data processing error and an ICE official apologized in at least one of those instances.
An ICE official told Fusion the agency is analyzing and refining its reporting methodologies. No word on when the next report is coming.