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Prince William Co. seeking info of illegal immigrants turned over to ICE since 2008

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MANASSAS, Va. -

A battle is brewing between Prince William County and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The county says thousands of people that Prince William County police have turned over to the government are no longer in the system.

On Tuesday, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors will meet and is expected to green light a lawsuit demanding immigration data from the federal government.

Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has a simple question for ICE: “What have you done with the 7,500 criminal illegal aliens that we have handed over to you since 2008?”

Stewart is the architect of the county's policy which has police check the immigration status of people arrested for crimes.

"Our policy has always been about catching criminal illegal aliens,” says Stewart. “Not about the illegal immigrant here trying to make a living.”

Once they serve their terms, they are turned over to ICE. And that is where the trouble starts.

"Were they released back into the United States or were they deported?" Stewart wonders.

Since it instituted its stepped-up enforcement, Prince William County police have arrested and turned over to ICE more than 7,000 people who are in the United States illegally. The problem is the county says ICE now won't tell them where those people are.

The county says they have rearrested about 10 percent of the people they have turned over to the government.

"We're talking about sexual assaults, we're talking about indecent liberties with children, we're talking about battery and all sorts of violent crimes,” Steward said.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will vote to authorize a Freedom of Information Act request and a lawsuit forcing to the government to tell the county what it did or didn't do with the illegal criminals the county has turned over.

“They want us to go away and we're not going to go away,” said Stewart.

We made several attempts to get ICE to speak to us about the county's accusations. One public affairs official told us they would put us in contact with a person working on this situation, but we are still waiting to hear back.


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