- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say the end of a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract with the Utah County sheriff means people taken into custody in Salt Lake City to await deportation proceedings are being transferred out of state.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/2j4UV7X ) that some detainees have been transferred to Henderson, Nevada, while others are being taken as far away as Alabama.

Utah County officials said last year they needed the jail space and could no longer accommodate immigration detainees.

Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Darin Durfey said the contract ended Dec. 6.

An ICE official in Dallas didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Immigration attorney Skyler Anderson says the move means noncitizens will probably have to appear before an immigration judge by video with their Utah attorney appearing by telephone - and family and witnesses might not be present.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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