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(Brian Freimuth, Liberty Headlines) According to records, at least 25 state and local law-enforcement agencies and jails across the country have shielded illegal aliens arriving from terrorist countries by failing to respond to detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute, a nonprofit legal firm devoted to protecting the rights and interests of Americans in immigration-related matters, investigated the records of state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States from a 27-month period ending on Dec. 31, 2017.

The records IRLI obtained from ICE via the Freedom of Information Act revealed that authorities in California, Washington, Iowa, Minnesota, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Texas all refused to comply with detainer requests for undocumented immigrants from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism.

Currently, the State Department recognizes four countries—Iran, Sudan, Syria and North Korea—as state sponsors of international terrorism.


During the period of the investigation, California alone refused 27 detainer requests, preventing ICE agents from detaining and interviewing illegal aliens from terrorist countries.

The investigation found that state and local law-enforcement agencies refused to honor 44 immigration holds on migrants from terrorist countries, many of whom entered the United States by overstaying visas or obtaining refugee status.

According to ICE, 39 of the 44 illegal aliens had committed threat level 1 and 2 offenses—reserved typically for the highest level of violent felonies.

Threat level 1 and 2 offenses include crimes like homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, drugs, burglary and fraud.

The records obtained by IRLI revealed that 89 percent of the illegals the state of California shielded from ICE were Iranian.

The government of California released these aliens shortly before passing The California Values Act, or SB 54, which obstructs California law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with ICE even more.