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Protest Planned for Detention Center in Albert Lea

July 12, 2019 07:07 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The group 'Lights for Liberty' planned to protest Friday night outside the Freeborn County Adult Detention Center in Albert Lea, which holds ICE detainees.

"ICE has their job, we have our job, we'll support each other when we can," said Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag. “I support their mission, but at the same time we've got our laws to enforce and things going on within our county."

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The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the protest Friday morning.

"People have a right to protest. If they come here peacefully and they protest in the designated areas, they can protest all they want," said Freitag.

The sheriff’s office will be present to help keep everyone safe. They just ask that everyone shows respect toward one another.

"We're going to provide an area for them that gives them exposure. We're not going to stick them in the loading dock and tell them that that's the only place they can protest. They'll be out here; if they want to go on the sidewalk, they can do that without hindrance."

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office is not aware of any local raids taking place.

"We’ve got an agreement with ICE, and if ICE asks us for any assistance, if we're in a position to give them assistance, we will," Freitag said. "We don't go out actively looking for people who we suspect or know to be illegal immigrants. We've got our state statutes to enforce that keeps us busy the way it is."

Freitag also stressed how disrespectful comparing concentration camps to their facility is, saying detainees in Freeborn County get healthcare, connectivity to their families, Netflix, and a comfortable and safe environment.

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Brett Bachtle

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