Five Kansas counties on ICE 'limited cooperation' list

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Five Kansas counties are mentioned in the first-ever Trump administration report on locations not fully cooperating with immigration enforcement.

The Department of Homeland Security's "Declined Detainer Outcome Report" issued Monday includes a list of "jurisdictions that have enacted police which limit cooperation" with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The list includes the Butler, Finney, Harvey, Sedgwick and Shawnee County sheriffs, claiming they all enacted policies in June 2014 that they "will not honor [an] ICE detainer" without added items. Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties were shown as requiring a court order or warrant; Finney County requires a probable cause or warrant, while Shawnee requires "additional probable cause."

While Monday's report never mentions the word "sanctuary," Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter has denied giving sanctuary to illegal or undocumented immigrants. Easter announced in mid-February his department would begin to honor ICE detainers. But Monday's report covered the week of January 28-February 3.

The report says its list of jurisdictions is based on "public announcements, news report statements, publicly disclosed policies, and/or information directly given to ICE personnel in the field." Easter has said Sedgwick County's label of "sanctuary county" was based on a 2015 report from the Center of Immigration Studies, which he calls a partisan and non-government organization.

Former Harvey County Sheriff T Walton told KAKE News in July 2015 he simply followed the law when it comes to holding suspects for ICE. "You've got 48 hours for things to happen," Walton explained, without a warrant or court order.

Johnson County was listed on the Center's report as a sanctuary county, but it is not mentioned in the new ICE report.

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