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Albany Co. Jail now 'maxed out,' housing 330 immigrants

Jul 09, 2018 5:30 am
Massarah Mikati is reporting for the Times Union the Albany County jail received last week an additional 100 men detained on immigration charges at the U.S. border. The Colonie facility is now maxed out with 330 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, Sheriff Craig Apple said July 6. Apple said the 1,040-bed jail had contracted with ICE to help house immigrants arrested on "low-level" offenses at the price of $119 per day, per detainee. They are being held in air-conditioned areas of the jail and are separated from the general population. Sarah Rogerson, an Albany Law School professor and director of the school’s immigration law clinic, said, “many of the detainees were federally prosecuted for an unlawful entry,” even those who had presented themselves at a legal portal of entry. Many of the men held at the Albany jail have not yet had their credible-fear interviews with U.S. immigration officials. Those interviews are required to determine if a person has a right to asylum in the United States. Rogerson said incarceration of the immigrants is not required. "There are alternatives to detention," she said. Read the full story in the Times Union.