ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Another Maine sheriff says that the state’s Republican governor is wrong to direct county sheriffs to hold immigrants without a warrant.
The Journal Tribune (http://bit.ly/2hz3I2t) reports that York County Sheriff William King says he won’t comply with federal immigration officers who ask him to temporarily hold an inmate scheduled for release.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday directed the state’s 16 county sheriffs to detain immigrants upon request by federal immigration officers — or be removed from office.
He said he’d take steps to remove any sheriff if he receives a complaint that an “undocumented, illegal alien” was released after a federal detention request.
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King said holding a released inmate is the same as arresting someone without probable cause.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce has announced he’d reject such federal requests.
Information from: Journal Tribune, http://www.journaltribune.com