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Henderson will still honor ICE detainers, new sheriff says
Thursday, 02 May 2019 15:40

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE — A bill requiring sheriffs to hold defendants when requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement should not affect operations in Henderson County, the Hendersonville Times-News reported on March 30.

Henderson Sheriff Lowell Griffin said he has always planned to honor those detainers, the newspaper stated.

“While Griffin has not yet made a decision on whether to continue the county’s 287(g) agreement, which gives some of his deputies the ability to issue the detainers, he has voiced his intent to comply with federal detainers issued by ICE,” the HT-N noted.

In March, Griffin told the Henderson County Board of Commissioners “that the county works closely with the local ICE office, which can issue detainers more efficiently than his deputies currently trained to issue them under the 287(g) program,” the HT-N reported.

Griffin told the board that he “will definitely honor detainers from federal authorities, that there’s ‘no argument’ there, and that it is the 287(g) program, not the detainers, under review by his office. He emphasized that the only reason his office is considering scaling back on the 287(g) program is because it is a redundant service, and that it has nothing to do with the concept of the program,” the HC-T story noted.

“In any case, we will continue to comply with the federal detainers. (It’s) not even a question. We are by no way going to become a sanctuary county. Not going to happen,” the HT-N quoted Griffin as saying.



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