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Austin Daily Herald
July 10, 2014

Mower County may refuse ICE requests
By Trey Mewes

ICE detainers are requests sent to local law officials to hold inmates for up to 48 hours after they would normally be released. Yet a growing number of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of detainer requests have prompted law enforcement officials across the nation to reconsider ICE requests, which were previously considered mandatory orders from federal officials. Mower County received 101 ICE detainer requests from October 2011 to August 2013, according to Syracuse University’s TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) project. Nearby, Freeborn County only received 60 in the same period and ICE issued 29 detainers to Steele County. TRAC records show Minnesota counties with food processing plants or large populations on average received more ICE detainer requests. Then-state demographer Tom Gillaspy said in 2011 that counties with food processing plants tend to attract younger workers and foreign-born residents. Nobles County, which has Worthington, the JBS plant and about 22,000 residents, received 183 ICE detainers from October 2011 to August 2013. Olmsted County, with more than 140,000 residents, received 180 detainers during that period.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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