- Associated Press - Thursday, May 25, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois sheriff has halted plans for a federal immigrant detention center inside a county jail.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/2r2vx9K ) Thursday that Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana said immigration officials couldn’t meet several stipulations. They included that the sheriff would maintain control over inmates and those individuals would be convicted of crimes.

Caruana thought the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility would offer a boost to the county’s financially struggling criminal justice system. The plan was opposed by some community, political and religious leaders.

The Associated Press left a message late Thursday seeking comment from an ICE representative.

President Donald Trump has touted an increase in immigration arrests since taking office in January on promises to bolster immigration enforcement.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com


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