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Local Law Enforcement Addresses ICE Concerns in Latino Community

Local Law Enforcement Addresses ICE Concerns in Latino Community

February 13, 2018 08:50 AM

(ABC 6 News) - The president of the Alliance of Chicanos, Hispanics and Latin Americans, Rebeca Sedarski is easing the community's mind about local law enforcement involvement in immigration.

A few months ago, two immigrants were taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, booked, charged and later, released on bail, only to find Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents waiting for them.

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Some people at Monday's Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission meeting told ABC 6 News it made them feel like deputies were targeting immigrants.

However, Sedarski, who also chairs the oversight commission, said she found out that was not the case after meeting with local law enforcement and the Olmsted County Board Chair.

"They have to follow the process,
Sedarski said. When somebody gets through the booking process and their fingerprints are collected and they are sent to the database, that's when a hit comes back and that's when they have to notify ICE."

Sedarski said the entire group was very thankful to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and county officials for answering their concerns.

People at the meeting were also given a diagram of the law enforcement booking process.


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