An Immigration and Customs Enforcement report puts a damper on the argument that sanctuary cities aren’t a problem because they shield only non-violent illegal immigrants.

Sanctuary city proponents often say their policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities don’t endanger public safety. As ICE’s latest weekly declined detainer report shows, however, many county and city law enforcement agencies regularly release criminal aliens who have been convicted of violent crimes, including domestic battery and sexual assault.

The report, which covers Feb, 4 through 10, tallied 47 declined detainer requests from two dozen jurisdictions across the country.

New York City accounted for 12 of those rejections, far more than any other jurisdiction. Among those illegal aliens released by New York jails were several who had been charged or convicted of violent crimes.

Virginia had the second most declined detainers with six, followed by Washington state, with five. Jails in both states released illegal aliens with convictions for assault, domestic violence and DUI.

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