Federal Report Has Immigration Non-Compliance Claims Erroneously Identified For Four Iowa Counties, Including Sac

On Sunday morning, Sac County Sheriff, Ken McClure responded to reports that he and three other Iowa Sheriff’s had refused requests from the federal government to detain undocumented immigrants. The federal report was released last Monday, providing incorrect details about law enforcement agencies in Montgomery, Franklin, Sioux and Sac Counties, saying all were non-compliant. Montgomery County found itself ranking fourth nationally on the list with the number detainee requests for the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. The report also stated that on Feb. 11, 2014, the Sac County Sheriff’s Office refused to detain a Mexican individual who had been arrested on drug charges, even though McClure said their records indicated no such arrest had been made. The reality is that three of the four Sheriffs had zero detainees or detainee requests during that time and Sioux County Sheriff, Dan Altena, said the inmate they had was released by a judge before they received any orders to detain him. On Sunday morning, McClure took to social media to set the record straight. He said he was contacted by St. Paul, Minn. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday afternoon and told that Sac County, Iowa had been confused with Sacramento, Calif. He was assured a new report correcting the errors would be released soon. McClure said, The Sac County Sheriff’s Office will enforce any lawful order issued by any state or federal court.”