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.