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Fulton County Jail Could Get Federal Immigration Agent

The Fulton Sheriff's Department could soon reach an agreement with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that would allow a customs and immigration agent to work inside the Fulton County Jail.
The Fulton Sheriff's Department could soon reach an agreement with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that would allow a customs and immigration agent to work inside the Fulton County Jail.
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The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department could soon reach a new agreement with federal immigration officials. It comes amid a national discussion on “sanctuary cities.”

Local governments that get the controversial label of a “sanctuary city” generally have policies or laws that limit the amount they cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The proposed agreement in Fulton County would let a federal immigration agent work inside Fulton’s jail. The agent would be funded with federal money.

If the Fulton Sheriff’s Department signs off on the plan, the agent would be able to check the immigration status of county prisoners. 

“We will not honor the detainer, but they’re more than willing to investigate these subjects while they’re in jail on lawful charges and then take whatever action they consider necessary thereafter,” said Colonel Mark Adger, Fulton’s chief jailer.

Currently, the county holds someone for federal immigration officials only if that person is being held under a warrant. Adger said that policy won’t change under the agreement. 

Correction: Fulton County communications officials originally provided misinformation. A correction has been issued.