Sheriff: Kent Co. will only hold detainees for ICE after federal warrant issued

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Kent County Sheriff has responded to the detention of a Grand Rapids U.S. Marine who was sent to an ICE detention center and held for three days after being released from Kent County Jail on other charges.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area.  He is Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder and had been taken to Kent County Jail on trespassing and damaging a fire alarm charges at Spectrum Health. After his release from Kent County on bond, Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Ramos-Gomez to a Battle Creek detention center to determine if he would be deported.

Ramos-Gomez was born in Michigan and is a U.S. citizen.

Friday, Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said that she has notified ICE that Kent County will only hold detainees for ICE only after ICE presents an arrest warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate.

LaJoye-Young said "ICE detained Mr. Ramos-Gomez on the basis of either incomplete or inaccurate information - information that is their duty to collect and verify."

Both the sheriff and the Grand Rapids Police Department, which contacted ICE originally, say that enforcing immigration laws in not in their jurisdiction, but is the role of ICE.

Click here to read the entire Kent County Sheriff Statement (PDF)

Click here to read the entire Grand Rapids Police Statement (PDF)

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12 comments

      • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

        Read the law (INA Title 8 of the U.S. Code) – But then you would rather have Criminal Aliens in our midst, so reading and obeying laws is foreign to you.

        And just think, she has thrown away the ability to get Federal $$$, so now the Kent County Sheriff and Jail will have to rely on the tax payers of Kent County more and more!

    • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

      Read the law (INA Title 8 of the U.S. Code) – But then you would rather have Criminal Aliens in our midst, so reading and obeying laws is foreign to you.

      And just think, she has thrown away the ability to get Federal $$$, so now the Kent County Sheriff and Jail will have to rely on the tax payers of Kent County more and more!

  • lml25

    Unless law abiding white people start to protest– in person– in large numbers at city hall,media outlets and wherever these liberal decisions are made,the city,state,country we live in,will only continue to be more lenient to illegals/law breakers.So far,the only protests by whites have been Fed workers not getting paid.That needs to change or we’ll be on the outside,looking in,as all laws will be written to protect minorities and illegals,while whites will soon have zero rights.

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