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California sheriff vows to ‘physically remove’ ICE agents in jails

Newly elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva during a swearing-in ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, in Monterey Park. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

An official of the nation’s largest police force, promised this week to “physically remove” ICE agents of the county jails.

Speaking at a Board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, the Sheriff, Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County sheriff ‘ s office said he eliminate the presence of federal immigration agents of the city and county jails.

“We are going to physically remove ICE from the county jails,” Villanueva told the board of directors, the use of the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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He also said that he intends to continue to limit the crimes that lead to prison authorities to cooperate with ICE.

Villanueva, who won last month’s elections, is making good on the promises he made during his campaign.

Sheriff Cmdr. Elier Morejon said the department will continue with the transfer of prisoners, which are more serious crimes from immigration authorities.

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He said that the authorities are working on the logistics of how this transfer will take place and the evaluation of the department of policy of the online publishing of the release dates of all inmates — including immigrants who may be sought by the federal agents for deportation.

About 1200 prisoners were transferred to the ICE in 2017, Morejon said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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