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Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office will no longer share information with ICE

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that it would stop providing information to officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about individuals detained in its jail.

The decision comes as a new sheriff took office earlier this year, replacing Sheriff David Clarke, who was an early and vocal supporter of President Trump throughout his campaign.

{mosads}Sheriff Earnell Lucas told WPR News his office put in place a new policy that would stop it from sharing information with ICE without a valid judicial warrant.

The local news outlet notes Lucas’s new policy is in sharp contrast to that of Clarke, who worked closely with ICE officials and even attempted to sign an agreement allowing his officers to act as representatives of ICE.

Lucas said the new policy will help his office avoid potential lawsuits for holding inmates longer then they should be so that ICE agents could come interview them.

“One of the things we need to do in Milwaukee County is avoid costly litigation and judgement awards,” Lucas said at a press conference discussing the policy, according to WPR. “It’s not politics. It’s the right thing to do.”

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission,” a spokesperson for ICE told The Hill.

“Ultimately, efforts by some politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect.” 

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