In an article posted this morning, the Sentinel shared the results of a recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) list of so-called “sanctuary” counties–those that do not cooperate with its efforts to detain certain illegal aliens.
Authorities from Sedgwick County, one of five Kansas counties on the list, claim to have responded, however grudgingly, to the executive orders issued by President Donald Trump. “Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says his office will now honor detainers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” KCWH12 reported on February 14, four days after the close of the reporting period for the ICE list.
Easter still insisted that ICE’s request to detain a person must be accompanied with a probable cause affidavit. According to KCWH12, “Easter says he believes the probable cause affidavit will take the liability off the sheriff’s office, one of his initial reasons for not honoring the ICE detainers.”
At stake was $11 million in federal funds that the county could lose if it did not cooperate with ICE.