Gardney City and Finney County officials buck ‘sanctuary city’ label

During his first week as president, Donald Trump signed 13 executive orders, including two that could significantly impact undocumented immigrants and their families living in the U.S.

Those orders included instructions to begin building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, stripping so-called sanctuary cities of federal grant money, hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, ending “catch-and-release” policies for undocumented immigrants, and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships.

According to an infographic map on CIS.org, Finney County is listed as a sanctuary county due to a policy decision by the Finney County Sheriff’s Office stating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers will not be honored without probable cause or a warrant. One declined detainer is included in the online records without additional details.

Kevin Bascue has been Finney County Sheriff for 20 years, and said Friday that the designation has lingered for about two years.

“This is not something new to us,” he said. “Maybe there are some cities and counties in the United States that fit the description that President Trump was talking about. Maybe there might be some changes as far as they’re concerned, but nothing will change for us because we have always cooperated and helped ICE.”

(Read more: Garden City Telegram)