Two counties in Georgia were singled out by President Trump for policies that are non-compliant with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cases that deal with illegal immigrants that are violent offenders. In two reports by 11Alive and Atlanta Business Chronicle, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffery Mann is quoted saying,
“Our office complies with all federal and state laws regarding the detention of “alien” criminal suspects.
“To the extent that this agency can, we will continue to employ our limited, taxpayer-supported resources to assist ICE with its efforts to secure and detain “alien” criminal suspects in our community by providing advance inmate release notification. However, federal case law has determined that detaining inmates beyond lawful release without sufficient probable cause or a judicial warrant from ICE is a violation of constitutional law.”
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill did not respond to 11Alive’s request for comment, but the report from the White House showed the county as a “jurisdiction that has enacted policies that limit cooperation with ICE.”
The policies of both agencies fall into a gray area. In addition to ICE being a federal law enforcement agency that works daily with local agencies, in this case, they are specifically dealing with violent offenders. Both Sheriff’s offices are asking for the documents provided by ICE and additional warrants from local Superior Court Judges. Both the DeKalb and Clayton Sheriff’s Offices are tying up the court system further and providing opportunities for known dangerous criminals to be released from jail.