Sheriff: Sedgwick County no longer considered a sanctuary county

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Sedgwick County's disputed position as a "sanctuary county" has apparently come to an end. 

Sheriff Jeff Easter posted on social media today an e-mail he received from Centers for Immigration Studies removing Sedgwick County from its sanctuary community list. 

Sanctuary communities are places the group says protects illegal immigrants from being deported.    Sedgwick County came under scrutiny from the Centers for Immigration Studies for allowing illegal immigrants to bond out of jail.  Sheriff Easter argued the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the county if it held illegal immigrants longer than required.

In an e-mail,  Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies wrote, "the county is cooperating with immigration enforcement authorities and is complying with federal law."

Sheriff Easter added, "I want to thank the citizens of Sedgwick County for standing behind us during these contentious times and believing us on the fact that we never were a Sanctuary County."

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