Pinellas Sheriff, Feds Announce Changes to Controversial Immigrant Detention Policy

Seventeen Florida counties have already opted in. Alachua County is not one of them.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, as a representative of the National Sheriffs’ Association and Major County Sheriffs of America, helped develop the new protocol during yearlong talks with ICE officials. [Photo from video]


LARGO — For years, county sheriffs in the United States have faced a quandary when asked by federal officials to hold undocumented immigrants in their local jails.

They could continue to hold them for up to two days past the time they were legally free to leave, giving U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcements officers time to pick them up. But that would open the sheriffs to civil rights lawsuits.

They could release the detainee before ICE arrived. But that risked putting someone in the country illegally back on the streets.

On Wednesday, a top federal immigration official stood alongside Tampa Bay area sheriffs to announce what he said is a workaround for sheriffs who want to cooperate with ICE.

The new protocol calls for ICE to send a booking form that transfers custody of the detainees from the local jail to federal immigration authorities, said ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan. Continue reading at

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4 responses to “Pinellas Sheriff, Feds Announce Changes to Controversial Immigrant Detention Policy”

  1. Kathy Benton says:

    And Sheriff Darnell chooses not to participate… because… Why??

    • Sheriff Darnell does not care for the people she is supposed to protect, she only cares for her position. She is a politician through and through. For over four years I have tried to get help for our community from her and she hides behind her own interpretation of law like liberal judges do. The upstanding taxpayers of Alachua County mean nothing to her.

    • Kafir Carol says:

      Gainesville and Alachua County are both “sanctuary” status c/o “Welcoming ” America program; haven for illegals and “refugee” resettlement. This was done pretty much w/o informing the public; even the commissioners were misinformed into thinking this “Welcoming” was just “a warm and fuzzy title” for a friendly city! We all need to call city and county commissioners to GET US OUT! Ultimately, this is part of the UN agenda toward a borderless and to push Third World “refugees” into the First World nations (as in Europe). GET US OUT OF THE UN! Call Yoho (505-0838) to co-sponsor the HR 193 bill to “Restore American Sovereignty”.

  2. Tom says:

    I would love it if Attorney General Sessions would have the US Marshall start locking up officials who violate federal laws. That would put both the city commission and the county commission in jail. LETS HAVE A NEW ELECTION!!!

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