Sheriff Ends ICE Partnership Over Concerns Criminal Illegals Will Be Freed Into His County

'I don't want to be used as a conduit to get illegals into this country through my jail'

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A sheriff in Ohio has terminated a long-standing partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over concerns criminal illegals will be sent to his jails and then freed into his jurisdiction.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones announced his office was ending a contract with the Department of Homeland Security that had been in place since 2003.

“We operate an efficient correctional facility and federal officials continue to add unreasonable and cost prohibitive mandates to hold these illegal immigrants,” Sheriff Jones explained in a press release on Wednesday. “With the crisis at the border getting worse, it concerns me that the feds will ship detainees to my facility, then release them to the streets of my community under some technicality.”

“It’s better to just end this arrangement now, than to let that happen. Unlike this current administration, I’m still a firm believer that our government should strictly enforce the immigration laws and I will continue to promote that stance at every opportunity.”

Sheriff Jones says there are roughly 50 ICE detainees in his correctional facility at the moment, but in 60 days there will be none.

He explained that federal authorities are ‘shipping’ criminal illegals to jails around the country, and then freeing many of them under the guise of ‘COVID concerns’ or other pretexts.

“The requirements are getting to be way too much, and I don’t want to be used by [the Biden administration] to be a conduit to get illegals into this country through my jail,” Jones told Fox 19.

“They gotta house them somewhere, but they’re not going to house them here. I’m not that dependent on it to where I need to drink the Kool-Aid. I’m not drinking their Kool-Aid anymore.”

Sheriff Jones says his county is actually losing money by taking ICE detainees.

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