Etowah County keeping ICE program indefinitely

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Immigration and Customs Enforcement program at the Etowah County Detention Center will remain indefinitely, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

The ICE program had threatened to pull its immigration detainees from the jail, which would have cost the facility 41 jobs and numerous cuts in programs.

In a press conference Friday morning, Entrekin said that it is a "good day in Etowah County," and that the program is "here to stay with an indefinite contract."

According to a press release, Entrekin and other county officials lobbied Congress with Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville. In December, ICE had planned to pull 350 detainees within days; Entrekin's efforts pushed that date back to the end of June.

Further efforts by Entrekin and Aderholt last week at the Capitol have safeguarded more than 41 jobs and $5.2 million in revenue for the county, according to a release from the sheriff's office. ICE has committed to leave an average of 325 detainees in the jail indefinitely.

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