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December 4, 2018

Who's in charge? Immigration advocates say Kent County should stop cooperating with ICE
By Dustin Dwyer

Immigration is a federal issue, handled by federal law enforcement. But if someone gets arrested and booked in a local county jail, their fingerprints and personal information get sent to the feds. And if the feds look at that info and think the person has violated immigration laws, they can ask the county to hold them an extra couple days in the jail cell. No county in Michigan gets more of these requests than Kent County. Data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows that over the past decade, Kent County has gotten about 2,000 detainer requests - more than double the number of any other county in the state.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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