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Springfield Police Chief: End of ICE contract official

Chief Lewis said they weren't required to give ICE a 30-day notice to end the contract, which has been in place since 2012.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 5:31 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The contract Springfield had with Immigration and Customs Enforcement has officially ended, according to Chief Richard Lewis of the Springfield Police Department.

Chief Lewis said he spoke with ICE officials and notified them of the city council's decision. He said they weren't required to give ICE a 30-day notice to end the contract, which has been in place since 2012.

When the council's decision came down, there weren’t any ICE detainees at the Springfield Municipal Jail, so they didn't have to do any last-minute transfers, Chief Lewis added.

With the ICE contract no longer bringing in money to help sustain the jail, Chief Lewis said they are now exploring other options for revenue. They still have contracts with other cities and the U.S. Marshals Service.

"Anytime we have a reduction, we're going to have to look at strategies and figure out ways to make up that lost revenue," Chief Lewis said. "In this situation it wasn't a gigantic part of revenue, so hopefully we'll be able to make it up in other areas."

Chief Lewis said he wants undocumented immigrants living in his community to know his officers are looking out for them and will not ask for their immigration status.

KEZI 9 News reached out to a spokesperson for ICE to find out what the loss of the jail means for them but as of Tuesday afternoon had not heard back.

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