Commentary: More lies coming out of Montgomery County Maryland, this time from Patrick Lacefield. His comments that MoCo is not a Sanctuary Jurisdiction is a complete lie. You can read in the story. Do you know how much blood and violent crimes have taken place in Montgomery County due to the protections of the Sanctuary Status there? Those crimes and blood are on their hands. By the way Patrick, where is your programs to help the victims of these heinous acts of violence against the Citizens and Lawful Immigrants here?
Agency targeted “sanctuary jurisdictions” around country
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security.
Updated 3 p.m. Oct. 2: U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement arrested 11 immigrants in Montgomery County this week in part of a four-day crackdown on “sanctuary jurisdictions,” according to the agency.
The agency, known as ICE, announced Thursday that more than 450 people had been arrested around the country this week, including 28 in Maryland and 14 in Washington, D.C.
In a press release announcing the arrests, Tom Homan, the acting director of ICE, wrote that “sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration.”
As a result, ICE dedicated more resources to “these communities” for the arrests, he wrote.
ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said Montgomery County is not consisently cooperative with the agency.
“Montgomery County does not consistently honor ICE’s detainer requests and denies ICE officers access to jails to interview suspected immigration violators without ICE coordinating with the jail ahead of time and the jail granting permission,” she wrote in an email.
Patrick Lacefield, spokesman for County Executive Ike Leggett, said in an email Friday the county is not a sanctuary jurisdiction.
“We honor ICE detainers that come with warrants and/or for serious crimes, including 10 we have honored this month,” Lacefield wrote.
He said there are certain detainers the county will not honor but stressed the county is not a sanctuary community.
“We would allow ICE access to our facilities just as we do any other law enforcement agencies. No law enforcement agency just walks in the door of our facilities,” he wrote, noting that agencies typically submit a request and complete paperwork before the county allows a meeting. “This has been in place for many years. We regularly communicate with ICE.”