Skip to comments.ICE Critical of Santa Fe Jail
Posted on 01/19/2012 8:03:02 AM PST by CedarDave
SANTA FE The Santa Fe County jail continues to release many illegal immigrants some of them dangerous criminals to the streets before immigration officials can detain them.
Thats according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who this week ramped up their criticism of the lockup in Santa Fe, known for its safe haven attitude toward immigrants.
After the agencys statements to KOAT-TV, repeating earlier claims that jail officials dont do enough to help them enforce federal immigration law, the county and ICE sat down to try to reach an understanding.
ICE assistant Albuquerque field office director William Jepsen told the Journal the feds have voiced their concerns with the county multiple times, and he described the relationship between the two sides as strained and stressed.
Police Chief Ray Rael said his department is concerned about any criminal, whether an illegal immigrant or a local, being released when theyre not supposed to be. If someone is not held, then its a concern.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said no criminals, undocumented or otherwise, should be back on the street if the feds want them in custody.
And the elephant in the room could be Santa Fe Countys immigrant-friendly policies.
Id be naive to say that it doesnt (play a role in the issue), Mihelcic said. We are a safe haven, and its a matter of finding a balance between a safe haven and a safe community.
Here in Santa Fe, Stefanics said, immigrants are a part of our community. And they should be treated in a fair manner.
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Meanwhile, they’re trying to destroy Joe Arpaio because he detains illegal immigrants long enough for ICE to get to them.
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“Meanwhile, theyre trying to destroy Joe Arpaio because he detains illegal immigrants long enough for ICE to get to them.”
Exactly. ICE is a political tool.
Blather, blather, blather. ICE couldn’t find an illegal in a Mexican protest parade.