FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As controversy swirls nationwide about immigration policies under the Trump administration, on Sunday, Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux showed up to ease concerns.
“I don’t believe in scare tactics,” said Sheriff Gladieux. “I don’t believe in ripping babies out of the arms of somebody who is just not here legally.”
Sunday afternoon, Faith in Indiana held a town hall. The group and others at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, said they worry families are being torn apart by ICE.
“We are here to fight to get that off the table and to afford our families the peace that they need,” said Max Montesino, member of Faith in Indiana.
The group invited county and state officials to weigh in on putting an end to ICE roundups and unlawful detentions in Indiana. They also wanted to get reassurance from the sheriff that his jail will follow state law.
“The Supreme Court decision last year, calling it unconstitutional to hold people without a warrant, so so we are asking Allen County to uphold that,” said Francine Dash with Faith in Indiana.
Sheriff Gladieux said ICE detentions are rarely an issue in Allen County and currently has no one on hold. However, when cases arrive, he will comply with federal law.
“We do work close with immigration. If someone comes into the jail, and their fingerprints are run and an FBI number on a previous arrest pops up, then that’s when we contact immigration,” said Gladieux.
Leaders with Faith in Indiana know a system needs to be in place to vet criminals, they just want families to be put first.
“We really don’t want this to just be indiscriminately done across the board,” said Dash. “We have law enforcement for a reason, but picking up people who have not done anything doesn’t sound like a very good reason.”
Sheriff Gladieux said he understood those concerns.
“I answer to you, I don’t answer to politicians.”
July 23, 2018 | WANE Channel 15 | Link to Story