County jail to hold immigrants longer for ICE

Jeff Siegel

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Jail will hold detained immigrants for up to 72 hours, rather than the previous limit of 48 hours, following a request from U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Sheriff Jeff Siegel announced Thursday. 

Siegel, in a statement, said he has allowed an amendment to the existing contract with the U.S. Marshals Service to hold no more than two individuals at a time up to 72 hours.

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Should I be clear in thought that the Sheriff's department would aid in emergency situation with ICE agents? The last 2 sentences of the article do not make that fact clear!


How long has this agreement been in place? And why does it take an article from the Elkhart Truth to uncover this? Seems like an underhanded way to get around the fact that the community adamantly opposed building a new ICE facility in Elkhart County.

RasmusSJorgensen Staff

To be clear, the Sheriff's Office released information about this new agreement themselves. They were not trying to hide that.

As for how long the agreement about 48-hour detainers has existed, the Sheriff's Office told me that it goes back much longer than the discussion of an Elkhart County ICE facility. They said that the Sheriff's Office has been working with ICE since that agency was created in 2003.

I was also told that there has been no significant increase in the number of ICE detainers since the talk of the local facility in 2017.


There is probably a full policy available that you could get, if your interested fire- this appears to be a single change. I don't understand why they would have a policy to detain no more that two at a time. I know costs may be a concern but if several people are picked up that should be turned over to ICE then they should be held if at all possible. I would think that we should be reimbursed for all costs by the federal government for any holdings.


So I guess my question is...what assistance does sheriff's department offer ICE? And will the Sheriff's dept. offer emergency assist to ICE agents? Sounds a bit vague!

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