ACLU to urge Kent County to leave ICE contract

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There are renewed calls for Kent County to cancel its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and now the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is getting involved.

The ICE contract has been a controversial issue for months, causing disruptive protests during county commission meetings.

At the regularly-scheduled Thursday meeting, attorneys with the ACLU and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center plan to lay out legal arguments for why the Kent County sheriff should end the contract with ICE.

"The old sheriff has said, 'Oh, I can't do anything about it. I'm bound to do it.' That's legally, simply not true," Miriam Aukerman, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.

"Our goal tomorrow is to put that in a legal framework and say, 'You've heard those stories, you've heard people coming and weeping before you about what is happening to their families and our answer to you is yes, you can you can do something. You should do something,'" she continued.

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