Suffolk County Sheriff: ‘ICE Will Stay in This Jail’

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, left, Undersheriff Steve Kuehhas and Chief Michael Sharkey today at a roundtable discussion with the media in Yaphank. (Photo by Denise Civiletti via RiverheadLOCAL)

The new Suffolk County sheriff, Errol Toulon Jr., said at a media roundtable in Yaphank that he will continue predecessor Vincent DeMarco’s policy of honoring ICE detainer requests, report Denise Civiletti and Maria Piedrabuena in RiverheadLOCAL.

This means that if an undocumented immigrant living in Suffolk is arrested and would be eligible for release pending trial, the Suffolk sheriff will keep the person in custody at the request of ICE until the deportation process starts.

“If you look at the administrative detainers, there’s probable cause,” Toulon said, referring to the judicial standard required for a lawful arrest. “So we’re giving the law enforcement agency, which we would do with anyone — it says probable cause, we’re going to hold them.”

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“ICE will stay in this jail,” Toulon said this morning.

The federal agency has offices in both the Yaphank and Riverhead jails and also rents space from the Suffolk sheriff to house ICE detainees.

Toulon said his objective is to “keep the community safe…and if I’m given a detainer or some sort of warrant from law enforcement, I’m going to honor it.”

Immigrant advocates, however, say there is a distinction between a warrant and an ICE detainer request. See their comments about this “very troubling” policy in the full story at RiverheadLOCAL.

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