Columbia County Sheriff turn over local man to ICE
Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that about 40 people protested June 7 outside the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office after a man being held by the sheriff's office was detained by federal immigration agents. A man was about to be released from the sheriff's office on June 2 after serving time for an alcohol-related offense. But before he made it out of the building, the sheriff's office turned him over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Advocates for local migrants argue that violated policies against the sheriff’s office colluding with ICE. Columbia County Sanctuary Movement co-founder Bryan MacCormack won't say the man's name, as disclosing could unnerve other undocumented people the sanctuary movement works with. The issue was discussed at a June 6 meeting of Hudson's Police Reform Implementation Committee, where Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said he did not know “why anyone thinks that they have the authority to make an inquiry of the sheriff,” saying the sheriff’s office was a governmental entity separate from the county Board of Supervisors, and said that Columbia County Sheriff Don Krapf did not have to continue to cooperate with the reform committee. Krapf said ICE learned the man was at the jail due to “biometrics,” meaning that fingerprints were taken of the man and sent to state and federal databases. Krapf called the ICE detention a “transfer,” and said it happened 20 minutes before his release time. Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Murell said County Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons assured him no policies had been broken, saying, “From what I can gather, the sheriff’s office did not contact ICE, (ICE) contacted them." The issue will discussed at the county Board of Supervisors Public Safety meeting on June 20. Read more about this story in the Times Union.