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ICE issues subpoenas to law enforcement in CA, CT, NY, NV and OR

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 15, 2020

    ICE challenges sanctuary city policies and refusal to comply with detainers in five states by serving local law enforcement officials with subpoenas for information on non-citizens wanted for removal. [ID #452]

    Los Angeles Times: ICE subpoenas San Diego Sheriff’s Department ICE Press Release re: NY subpoenas
  2. Effective Date

    January 15, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE


  • Immigration agency subpoenas sanctuary city law enforcement

    In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to 29 cities, metro areas, counties or states considered to have adopted “sanctuary policies,” saying those policies may violate federal law and threatening to withhold law enforcement grants. ICE's use of subpoenas to local law enforcement in Denver, CO on January 15, 2020 is believed to be the first instance of such use. Go to article

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