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Organization Claims Hernando County is Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens

HERNANDO – On the heels of a the recent tragedy in San Francisco involving the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, dozens of counties and cities around the nation are now being called a sanctuary for illegal aliens.

According to a recent reports released by the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-profit research organization, 276 state and local jurisdictions adopted policies of non-compliance with some or all ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainers. These policies took the form of policies, laws, executive orders, or regulations. These jurisdictions were located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

A detainer, as explained in the CIS article, is the primary tool used by ICE to take custody of criminal aliens for deportation. It is a notice to another law enforcement agency that ICE intends to assume custody of an alien, and it includes information on the alien’s previous criminal history, immigration violations, and potential risk to public safety or security.

Last year over 8800 retainers were refused by local agencies and out of those 2,984 had a prior felony conviction or charges, according to the report.

The CIS provided a map of all counties and cities they claim ignore federal immigration laws. Seven counties in Florida made the list, including Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

We asked officials with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office what they thought of the report and they responded this afternoon with the following statement:

This group bases their assertion on plain inaccuracies.  First, this nonofficial group falsely labeled Hernando County as a sanctuary city due to the fact that we require probable cause supported by an affidavit or a warrant from a judge to hold a suspected alien.  Upsetting to this organization is that we refuse to violate the United States or Florida Constitution’s in detaining any individual without probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment.  This measure is required to hold any person in a jail prior to sentencing or official charging.  The website affiliated with this group labeled not only Hernando county as such, but also included Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in the same fashion, for the same reason.  The website crafted by this group is arbitrarily and capriciously expressing absolutely false, inaccurate and misleading information.  The casual observer associates a sanctuary city with a city such as San Francisco, who is touted as having no regard whatsoever for immigration laws.  To group Hernando County into the same category is reckless.

While the Center for Immigration Studies is entirely devoid of any authority to support their position and ultimately not a credible source, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office’s position is deeply rooted in Constitutional law and supported with relevant case law.  Pursuant to Galarza v. Szalczyk, 745 F.3d 634 (3d Cir.2014); Morales v. Chadbourne, C.A. No. 12–301–M, 2014 WL 554478 (D.R.I. Feb. 12, 2014); Miranda–Olivares v. Clackamas County., No. 3:12–CV–02317–ST, 2014 WL 1414305 (D.Or. Apr. 11, 2014) probable cause is required to detain or hold a suspected illegal alien in custody.  Accordingly, if HCSO is presented with a sworn affidavit supported by probable cause from a federal or state agency or a duly executed warrant requesting detention, we steadfastly do so.  To do otherwise would subject this county and its citizens to liability unnecessarily.  The cases cited above all resulted in local agency liability because detention of such individuals occurred based solely on an ICE detainer request which was not supported by probable cause.

Furthermore, if you look more into the issue, I believe you find that most, if not all Sheriff’s offices handle these situations in exactly the same manner – Even those that are not listed on this website.

CIS Sanctuary Map:

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  • Way to propagate that ‘agenda’. Slow news day?

    Thursday, 16 July 2015, 9:22 am
  • Hernando county sucks….

    Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 10:24 pm
  • If you are not a US citizen, do not have a current, student visa, work visa, are a major US investor, have a PhD or a green card, you are an illegal immigrant. Illegal immigrants are in the US illegally. Illegal immigrants are law breakers. When you break the law you should be arrested for breaking the law. Illegal immigrants should be held in jail until ICE picks them up and deports them back to their own Country. They should apply for legal immigration like millions before them.
    US citizens who break the law are arrested. Why should illegals be any different.

    Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 2:53 pm
  • SO is week in this county. To busy worrying about causing themselves paperwork then just arresting the person. Seen it first hand. But the taxes need to go up to fund public safety but the only people that go to the public meeting are the same old retired people with a fixed income or EBT cards milking the system, which need to be phased out. More young people live here now but are to busy working to make it to the meetings which doesn’t give us a chance to say our peace. I would gladly pay a extra few bucks a year to clean up this county.

    Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 12:12 pm
  • If their not here illegally kick them out,, They broke the law, people can’t just pick and choose the laws that they want to obey. It’s bad enough that Obama is ruining America, We don’t need an influx of illegals turning America into a 3rd world country, I’m not against legal immigration but let them come in through the front door or they’ll be turning America into a country their running away from.

    Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 7:41 am
  • It would be nice if you would caption your photographs. Actually, besides being “nice”, it’s what a responsible journalist would do.

    Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 7:02 am
    • Thanks Dan.

      Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 6:05 pm
  • I don’t really follow this illegal alien stuff so I have a question. In all my ignorance of this how do you prove they are the correct person listed on the affidavit if they are undocumented?

    Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 2:09 am
  • Maybe the new office could be used to house the illegals manned by volunteers and Facebook leads ……I hope the criminals around Cass circle understand the commitment sheriff al has to lowering crime in their neighborhood

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 8:25 pm
  • If it is the county board and the sheriff better start looking for new jobs!

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 7:56 pm
  • I can’t believe you post pictures with no title, name, location, date or point of reference in your story.
    Either you are a blogger or a journalist.
    Journalist follow proper journalist conventions ; bloggers do not.
    Where do you obtain the photos? Who are these people? Are you crediting your source?
    Is this story an editorial?
    Wishing for more…from RNRF.

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 7:55 pm
      • If nobookstoreinHC doesn’t know who the people are in the picture are they need to come out from under the rock they are hiding in

        Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 8:03 am
      • Honestly only asking for some clear information; Who responded from the Hernando County Sheriff’s office and issued the statement?
        Was the ICE photo from Hernando County? I have no idea who the man and woman are? I thought they where illegal immigrants in Hernando County since you were talking about sanctuary in Hernando County.
        Vern, that’s not nice; I feel safe under my rock.

        Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 6:04 pm
  • Isn’t lack of “Proof of Citizenship” PC enough? Comprende? How about multiple arrests?
    Or POB – Mexico? It’s out of control folks. I’m sick of “Press 1 for English!” Not in my America.
    Load up the buses, send them back and bill Mexico. Many, many from everywhere still enter legally.
    It’s called Legal Immigration. Secure the border now….yesterday! We are not a sanctuary city.

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 7:48 pm
    • Worse yet is press 2 for English then listening to a long (blah, blah) in spanish. When you finally speak to someone, you can’t understand them so you must hang up and try again.

      Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 7:23 pm
  • NOT TRUE. I checked it out with Chief Deputy Col. MIke Maurer after I came across this same thing. This is a problem of unaccountable reporting or posting. I happed to be active with crimewatch and was shocked to discover this rating so I went to theCol Maure for verification one way or the other. Chuck Morton – WEEKI WACHEE CIRMEWATCH
    Like many Urban Ledgends it is FALSE

    Chuck Morton

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 6:47 pm
  • In my opinion if your here illegally. You have broken the law. As far as our fourth amendment rights.Thats for legal u.s. citizens. I expect law enforcement to do there jobs and arrest anyone who has broken the law.

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 6:33 pm
  • While I’m not saying that illegal aliens should be able to come here and roam freely about the country, I must say that a majority of those I see, they come here and work their asses off for crap money while some of these lazy asses who were born and raised here don’t care to make an honest days living. Instead they choose to sit back and break the law selling dope to make money and buy their fast, expensive cars. Just sayin there’s trash of our own here too.

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 5:49 pm
    • I sure would like to see some examples of “probable cause”. And Angie Smith asked a great question about verifying ID if the person is undocumented. If the FBI notified the S.O. that a wanted serial killer was in the county and asked that he be picked up asap, is it also handled in the same manner? Smells like more BS excuses to not arrest illegal criminals. Sooner or later, the people will wake up and realize that if we want this problem solves, we will have to be the ones that do it.. If we do not rent to them, or hire them, they will get tired of living under a bridge. The country went through the same thing with “Mr Conservative” Ronald Reagan, he made a deal which the criminals ignored and granted amnesty to the criminals that were already here. Another generation, and another batch of suckers are now here to believe their corrupted government once again.

      Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:37 pm

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