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NY Sheriff To ICE: Stay Out Of Our Courts

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County Sheriff has sent U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement a letter after the county jail has processed hundreds of immigrants apprehended at the southern border.

Sheriff Craig Apple hasn't seen eye-to-eye with federal immigration policy. Thursday Apple tightened ICE access to local courts.

"I signed a letter informing ICE that they will no longer be permitted to come into our county court, supreme court or family court buildings without a judicial warrant, in an effort to protect immigrants coming in as victims, witnesses, our courthouses are not a ground to prey on victims."

In March, Apple led a team of local leaders and lawyers to secure the release of Albany Rescue Mission head chef Kinimo Ngoran, who was held by ICE in Batavia awaiting a decision on his green card application. His wife is an American citizen.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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