Sheriff takes strong stance over accusations from ICE
Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary issued a public statement to counter accusations from the Department of Homeland Security that labeled his office as “non-cooperative” in the enforcement of requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attempt to apprehend immigrants the federal agency considers a danger to public safety.
The sheriff defended the actions of his officers against what he termed “unsubstantiated claims.”
The rebuttal was written to counter accusations in a report issued by Homeland Security in January that had the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office on a list of jurisdictions across the U.S. that do not comply with detainer requests issued by ICE.
“That is simply untrue,” Trenary wrote in a strongly worded rebuttal. “This is offensive to me and the communities that I and the men and women of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office proudly serve.
“If ICE truly felt that these offenders were a danger to society, they would establish probable cause and seek an arrest warrant, just like any other law enforcement agency. Since our policy to no longer honor detainer requests has been in place,” Trenary wrote. “ICE has produced zero warrants at our jail.”
The county sheriff did admit that Snohomish County has joined other jurisdictions in Washington and Oregon that operate large jails in Washington and Oregon that have not honored ICE detainers since April 2014.
“I am also baffled as to why my agency would be listed as a county that has a policy of ‘non-cooperation,’ as we have a clear track record of working with ICE when they are conducting a criminal investigation on one of our inmates.”
“Not honoring ICE detainer requests has nothing to do with whether Snohomish County is a ‘sanctuary’ jurisdiction and has everything to do with following the letter of the law” he concluded. “My agency’s mission is Community First, and I believe in policies and processes that maximize public safety, while treating everyone fairly, with dignity and respect.”