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Think Tank Calls Hernando, Pasco Sanctuaries for Illegal Immigrants, Sheriffs Speak Out

REGIONAL – The most controversial and hotly contested issue that was probably instrumental in helping Donald Trump win the Presidential Election is his tough stance on strengthening our borders, enforcing federal laws on immigration, and punishing jurisdictions that are deemed sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

On Wednesday President Trump signed an executive order to withhold federal monies from those jurisdictions that do not enforce immigration laws. One of the main problems, according to the Trump administration, is when local law enforcement agencies disregard “detainer requests.” Detainers are used when illegal immigrants are jailed for alleged crimes and then held at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But many jurisdictions ignore these requests and allow illegal immigrant go free.

San Francisco, New York City, Chicago are just a few jurisdiction listed that disobey federal law and are now facing the loss of federal funding if they do not comply. Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel openly defies the President’s proclamation and was recently quoted as saying “We’re going to stay a sanctuary city. Wherever you came from, you are welcome here.”

Hernando and Pasco Counties have recently come under fire for being among seven Florida Counties that are deemed Sanctuaries. According to The Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization, and Think Tank (Non-Federal Government) Hernando and Pasco Counties do not honor ICE Detainer requests. Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, and Pinellas Counties round off the remaining counties accused of violating federal law.

Sheriff Nienhuis disputes these claims and in a recent statement said “As the Sheriff, I would like to take this time to put to rest any notion that Hernando County is a Sanctuary County… Hernando County is NOT one of those places.” Nienhuis further explains, “Unfortunately, the Federal Government is occasionally wrong and asks us to violate the rights of legal U.S. Citizens by holding someone without the necessary paperwork. This often results in local taxpayers having to pay large monetary awards. I refuse to knowingly hold a person without the appropriate documentation.”

Ironically, Nienhuis is a staunch supporter of the President’s policy to enforce immigration laws and says “I adamantly opposed the concept of sanctuary cities and will do everything legally and ethically to assist the Federal Government in detaining and deporting those who have entered the country illegally.” But he is offended by the notion that the CIS has added Hernando County to the list and says “Unequivocally, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and the Detention Center, which falls under the direction of the elected, accountable Sheriff, outright rejects the contention that this county is a locale which indirectly violates that rights of law abiding citizens by offering undue refuge to those inside this country illegally. Immigration, at the core, is a national problem.”

Nienhuis says there needs to be “…cooperation and communication from the federal government in order to better tackle this problem. We also require probable cause in order to hold suspected illegals. We cannot simply detain suspected illegals on the basis of what courts have determined to be equivalent to a rumor. “

In a statement, the Sheriff explains that Form I-247 detainer request, which is likely involved in the misapplied designation of Sanctuary County, is not supported by sworn probable cause in its underlying request to detain an individual. This form is routinely used by immigration authorities as a means to request detention of a person.

Nienhuis praises the President’s recent decision and says “Given the President’s announcement, we suspect that long overdue support is coming,” referring to better communication and cooperation by ICE and the Department of Homeland Security.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco also spoke out against the organization’s claim and said in a recent statement, “This is yet another DC group who puts out false information without understanding our local community.” He further states, “The Center for Immigration Studies has released a false finding claiming Pasco and many other Florida counties including Hillsborough and Pinellas are “Sanctuary Cities”. This false statement is absurd. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has proven we will enforce the laws of the land and will uphold the Constitution; it is a solemn obligation that we take seriously.”

Compared to other cities around the country that overtly violate the law, Nocco says “Pasco is clearly not a sanctuary city. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office cooperates to the full extent of the law with federal authorities.” Nocco echoes Sheriff Nienhuis’ sentiments on following the U.S. Constitution, by stating “The Sheriff’s Office policy that all detentions must be based on probable cause is based on constitutional principles annunciated by numerous federal courts.” Nocco explains “federal courts have ruled that suspected illegal immigrants cannot be held unless there is probable cause in keeping with the Fourth Amendment.”

Nocco says “The suggestion by CIS to the contrary is irresponsible and dangerous. Citizens are urged to inform themselves and not believe the slanted positions of advocacy groups that are only focused on furthering their own agenda.”

In addition to President Trump’s sanctuary city crackdown, Trump also signed legislations to “build the wall,” and has ordered a 90-day moratorium any non-citizen entering the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Follow this link to the CIS website and information on Tackling Sanctuaries.

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  • So, how many illegal aliens has the sheriff turned over? Easy way to cut through the BS.

    Thursday, 2 February 2017, 10:55 pm
  • And I guess the sheriff in Pasco County does not know where Dade City Is At not hard to find plenty of Mexicans there I call BS on all the cops

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 7:13 pm
  • I will tell you a good place to start looking for illegal immigrants Croom Road Stewart Tree Farm Jimmy huntsman’s Nursery Peach Orchard Road the big nursery on Ayers Road. This sheriff and none of his deputies will enforce the law unless you’re American citizen. Sometimes I think it would be better to denounce your citizenship and become an illegal then you would have more rights than American citizen does

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 7:07 pm
    • You got that right!

      Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 5:27 am
  • Detaining illegals that have ICE detaining orders. May cost yhe taxpayers more in the short term. But the amount of hit and runs Surely would decrease.unemployment would go down, with more construction jobs to be filled.

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 11:50 am
    • It comes down to , the more illegals who commit crime the more funding the sheriff can request. The more illegals in the workforce, the more in permitting fines and administrative fees for the country, the more hit and runs the higher insurance cost. So the sheriff is not acting in our interest he is acting in his own and the county commissioners along with the insurance company whom lobby the state and local governments. So this is the tip of a very big dirty iceberg. We as citizens need to start the impeachment process from the top down and drain our local swamp because this is disgusting.

      Monday, 30 January 2017, 2:46 pm
  • i worked utilities in this county as i was in a back yard a man who supposedly spoke no english came after me with an AXE…he was an illegal immigrant claimed the neighbor and i quote ” he does what he wants when he wants”said neighbor…. KEEP THEM OUT !!!!!!

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 11:03 am
  • What documentation are the major majority of other Florida counties receiving regarding illegal immigration detainees that Hernando County is not. Are we being singled out. Give me break! Ha. What are the other counties doing right that we are not.

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 8:38 am
    • Our sheriff’s are not complying with the detainers , meaning they arrest a illegal immigrant , ICE sends a detainer and our sheriff ignores it and releases them . This is the only way to get on the list I’ve looked into it very deep, or they hold the immigrant as randsom to the fed and say they won’t cooperate unless the fed pays for the sheriff doing his damn job. These sheriff’s need to be impeached now.

      Monday, 30 January 2017, 10:31 am
    • I remember a fender bender, not serious but reminded me of this. The women couldn’t speak English and didn’t have a drivers license. The women actually wanted to leave and not wait for the Officer, which was strange. Anyway, the responding Officer didn’t did not have a concern with it.

      Monday, 30 January 2017, 11:47 am
  • The Constitution is a solemn obligation we must take seriously” What a Joke!!! I’m sure they want to be able to hold them and for however long they want. The Jail’s are payed more for housing Federal and “I.C.E” inmates per day.

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 7:11 am
    • Yeah might get more $$ for ice detainees, but they are allowed free unlimited medical, medications paid by government, free housing while held, and the best of all was internet/computers in their pods to allow them to talk with family etc. This was what it was like @Hernando Jail about 9-10 yrs ago when they were holding ICE detainees. The detainees were very demanding and often very difficult to deal with. It was a nightmare for sure.

      Monday, 30 January 2017, 10:17 am
    • When CCA ran the jain they worked with ice I know this because you would see the bus roll in to pick up the illegals , you don’t see that anymore because our sheriff is a bold faced liar , I voted for him and now realizing he can bold face lie and try to blame the Constitution shows he has zero loyalty to his citizens and only $$ .

      The facts are right here black and white. He was cooperating with the Obama administration to keep his departments pockets full , rather then say not like so many other honorable sheriffs in our state. And rather then be honest and say hey the Obama administration had our funding by the balls he blames the Constitution this is typical behavior of someone who truly wishes to pervert the very document he swore to uphold.

      Monday, 30 January 2017, 10:58 am
  • There are plenty of illeagals in our county,i eyewitensses it myself,in Bank of America i witnesses a person trying to cash a check with no ID,and no way to verify signature ,and they were driving a car and others outside in a truck.How can you drive around without any ID.So that was five people trying to check .

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 2:49 am
    • Here is a great check point to set up WalMart Sundays there in their like German roaches with no respect to the local people of Hernando County this past weekend there were 6 in the burrito section trying to explain what is the best even though there was many people trying to get around them no respect at all to move out the way.and not word in English.

      Monday, 30 January 2017, 12:38 pm
      • The watcher for county commish!!!

        Friday, 3 February 2017, 10:29 pm
  • probable cause
    n. sufficient reason based upon known facts to believe a crime has been committed or that certain property is connected with a crime. Probable cause must exist for a law enforcement officer to make an arrest without a warrant, search without a warrant, or seize property in the belief the items were evidence of a crime. While some cases are easy (pistols and illicit drugs in plain sight, gunshots, a suspect running from a liquor store with a clerk screaming “help”), actions “typical” of drug dealers, burglars, prostitutes, thieves, or people with guilt “written across their faces,” are more difficult to categorize. “Probable cause” is often subjective, but if the police officer’s belief or even hunch was correct, finding stolen goods, the hidden weapon or drugs may be claimed as self-fulfilling proof of probable cause. Technically, probable cause has to exist prior to arrest, search or seizure.

    See also: Bill of Rights search search and seizure

    So what is a immigration detainer?

    What is an immigration detainer?
    An immigration detainer is a tool used by ICE and other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to identify potentially deportable individuals who are housed in jails or prisons nationwide. An immigration detainer is an official request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to another law enforcement agency (LEA)—such as a state or local jail —that the LEA notify ICE prior to releasing an individual from local custody so that ICE can arrange to take over custody.

    Detainers are requests, not commands. They are not arrest warrants and do not provide probable cause for arrest. The presence of a detainer is not indicative of an individuals’ immigration status. Detainers do not begin deportation proceedings and do not signify whether a person will or will not be deported. Thus, detainers are different than a Notice to Appear (NTA), which is an official civil/immigration filing that commences a removal proceeding against an individual. The immigration detainer document merely states that an “investigation has been initiated to determine whether this person is subject to removal from the United States.” Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 287.7(a), any authorized immigration official (or local police officer designated to act as an immigration official through the 287(g) program) can issue a detainer to any other federal, state or local law enforcement agency.

    How does ICE identify noncitizens that may be subject to detainers?
    Policies vary widely. Generally, when an arrested individual is booked into jail, the local LEA will collect basic information about the individual including place of birth. Through screening programs conducted in conjunction with the local LEA, ICE may use this information to identify foreign-born arrestees for immigration enforcement purposes. In some instances localities have reported that ICE agents or local law enforcement officers rely upon “foreign-sounding” last names, language, or appearance to determine whether individuals are noncitizens who may be subject to detainers.

    The agency identifying potential noncitizens varies, based on the relationship between the local jail and ICE. In jails where ICE agents are present, ICE agents may use the booking information to make decisions about whom to interview and whether to issue a detainer. If the jail has a 287(g) agreement with ICE, deputized local law enforcement officers work with ICE to interview arrestees and issue detainers. In cases where the jail has no formal partnership with ICE, local officials may contact ICE with information about persons they believe to be foreign-born, based on booking information or other criteria.

    The way information is collected and shared varies among jurisdictions. Some jails inform ICE about foreign-born arrestees, while other jails may share information about all arrestees with ICE. For example, jails that participate in the Secure Communities program. send the fingerprints of all arrestees to ICE databases, and in the case of a “hit,” ICE issues a detainer. Some jails only allow immigration interviews to take place after a conviction and before release, while others share information with ICE before arrestees are convicted (the Secure Communities program shares information pre-conviction). Finally, some jails only share information about inmates charged or convicted with felonies while others may include misdemeanors.

    How does a county or city get label?

    Local governments in certain cities in the United States began designating themselves as sanctuary cities during the 1980s.[8][9] Some have questioned the accuracy of the term “sanctuary city” as used in the USA.[10] The policy was first initiated in 1979 in Los Angeles, to prevent police from inquiring about the immigration status of arrestees. The internal policy, “Special Order 40”, states: “Officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person. Officers shall not arrest nor book persons for violation of title 8, section 1325 of the United States Immigration code (Illegal Entry).”[11] These cities have adopted “sanctuary” ordinances banning city employees and police officers from asking people about their immigration status.[12][13]

    So to make the list the sheriff has arrested illegals for another crime , ICE sends the detainer , and our Hernando county sheriff has now complied or even check their immigration status.

    This is the only way to get the label I’m sorry the facts don’t lie our sheriff’s have been lying to keep the Obama federal dollars rolling the last 8 years selling us out.

    Monday, 30 January 2017, 1:13 am
  • Keep up the good work Sheriff. You’re a wonderful Patriot And thank you for your service!!!!

    Sunday, 29 January 2017, 8:55 pm
  • OK 2 things wouldn’t the probable cause be violating federal immigration laws, I mean if your deputies can violate my 4th amendment rights or attempt to every time I or any other citizen gets pulled over or God forbid walking home at night. I don’t see how the sheriff can say with a straight face they respect the 4th amendment rights of US citizen yet have cameras on every traffic light watching our every move hypocrisy. This sounds like someone got caught being a traitor and are now trying to play the victim. Probable cause can be as simple as a officers assumption , and we live in a age where immigration status can be verified in seconds. So I’m calling Hernando sheriff out on his hypocrisy and out right lie to us citizens and if he does not start enforcement of the detainment orders I will personally start the ground work to petition articles of impeachment for failure to uphold his oath of office.

    I want to to give the sheriff the benefit of the doubt but my passed experience with the officers in this country and watching others encounters with officers , why would he place the rights of illegals above the rights of his citizens is my honest question. They have no issue stoping me and performing illegal ID check and attempt to search when I’m simply walking home yet can’t follow a federal detainer . Something’s not adding up and I’m already working with fellow citizens to get this petition going if there’s no action and all talk. We the people are sick of it.

    Sunday, 29 January 2017, 8:21 pm
  • Tom I forgot to say thank you for your news and keeping us informed.

    Sunday, 29 January 2017, 6:08 pm
  • I hope that the government is wrong in this case. I have shaken Sheriff Nienhuis’s hand, had him swear me in as a poll deputy and thanked him a few times for his service and the great job his deputies do. Actually the officers that patrol our streets and highways are some of the nicest I have ever met. I voted for him as well but I will not tolerate this county being a sanctuary place. You come here legally and obey our laws or you get your butt deported. I will give him the benefit of a doubt. Voted in can be voted out.

    Sunday, 29 January 2017, 6:06 pm

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