AUSTIN, Minn. – Several counties across the country are changing their polices on holding inmates being sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but Mower County is one of many that are not.
ICE detainer requests are sent multiple times each year to Mower County.
If an inmate is in custody for a certain crime and set to be released, ICE can request that they be held until they get there to deport them. Some are questioning if that is constitutional.
Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said despite that, if someone is being sought by ICE, they will review each request on a “case-by-case” basis.
“If they’ve been in the country before unlawfully, or they are a convicted sex offender, those kinds of things. I think public safety is at risk to put those people back out in the communities, so we should hold those individuals, and that’s basically it,” Amazi said.
She said if an inmate is only asked to be held for ICE, and they serve no danger to the community, there is no reason for Mower County to hold them.