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Columbia County Sheriff has two different policies for immigration cases

Jul 07, 2023 1:03 am

Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that Columbia County Sheriff Don Krapf says the corrections officers he oversees can cooperate with federal immigration agents, but the law enforcement officers he oversees cannot. Krapf sent the Times Union a lengthy statement on his conflicting policy after an incident last month when two members of the board of supervisors and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson waited outside the sheriff’s office for a man who did not emerge from the building at his release time. Johnson and Hudson Third Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides were eventually told he was no longer there, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers had taken him away. Krapf had previously announced a non-cooperation policy with ICE, but now his officers were cooperating. But Krapf claims he was only cooperating partially, saying, “The extent to which DCJS shares data with federal authorities is unknown to me, but I can state confidently that my office did not notify ICE of this individual’s presence in the Columbia County Corrections Facility.” So now Krapf is saying that the non-cooperation policy does not apply to his office’s corrections division, only the deputies he oversees. Supervisor Chameides said, “The interpretation that the policy only applies to part of the sheriff’s office is a surprise to me and it’s confusing.... If you look at the policy itself, it says the sheriff’s office. … If you look through the document it was part of, it defines the CCSO as having multiple divisions, and it describes the policy as being CCSO policy, so I haven’t seen any prior information implying the policy was only geared toward the Law Enforcement Division.” Krapf's written policy says, “the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has a welcoming and inclusive policy towards immigrants in Columbia County” and “the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office does not actively participate in immigration enforcement.” Columbia County Sanctuary Movement co-founder Bryan MacCormack said, “The policy very clearly states it’s for the Columbia County sheriff’s office.... It does not specify it’s for a … particular subset of employees.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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