NY Sheriff To ICE: Stay Out Of Our Courts | WAMC

NY Sheriff To ICE: Stay Out Of Our Courts

Apr 12, 2019

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.