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Hoosiers march against Sheriff's Department ICE detainer policy

June 15, 2017 |IndySTAR | Link to Article

 

An ongoing effort to raise awareness of the Marion County Sheriff's Department's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainment policy found its way to the City Market on Thursday. 

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A group of roughly 50 residents, Pastors and community leaders marched from the City Market throughout Downtown Indianapolis. They called for an end to the sheriff's department's compliance with ICE detainer requests.

City-County Councilman Zach Adamson was at the event and told IndyStar he believes the city-county government cannot afford to comply with voluntary ICE detainment requests. 

"City resources are already strained," he said.

Locally, ICE detainers have increased 240 percent since the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency. From January to March, 142 people were incarcerated through ICE detainer requests in Indianapolis, whereas at the same time last year, 43 people were incarcerated through detainer requests, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Department data.

"I believe that if anyone wants to be here, belongs here," said Mark Smith, an east-side resident.