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Sheriff's office says 'no' to ICE

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will start releasing undocumented workers brought to the county jail for low-level crimes, according to documents obtained by Fox 12.

The move is in response to a controversial practice by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Under federal law, ICE can order local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for deportation, no matter how small their crimes.

According to those documents, the Multnomah County sheriff has agreed to deny ICE access to inmates brought to the jail for non-violent crimes.

The police unfairly rips families apart, said Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton. And those inmates take up space that could be used for more serious criminals.

Staton's decision comes after recent pressure by Multnomah County commissioners and the immigration rights community.

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