Skagit Valley Herald: Government leaders discuss immigration issues at public forum

MOUNT VERNON — About 50 Skagit County residents filled the pews of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday for a public forum on local and national immigration policy that included U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau.

The forum was hosted by One America, a nonprofit for immigrant communities, and brought together a panel that discussed updates on recent presidential executive actions Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which can grant immigrants temporary permission to stay in the United States.

Among the topics up for discussion was the Priority Enforcement Program, which asks local law enforcement agencies for their cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program requests county law enforcement voluntarily sign a form saying they will hold select people in jail for up to 48 hours after local charges have cleared to give ICE officers time to retrieve them.

Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said he has not and will not sign that form.

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