Protesters oppose Jerome County agreement to jail ICE inmates

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After serious debate last week over of a proposal for Jerome County to lease beds at its jail to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more opposition came out in force Monday.

Commissioners didn’t take any public comment July 3, although they did at 2 p.m. Monday. The contract between ICE and Jerome County hasn’t been finalized, but the plans tentatively call for the county to lease 50 beds to ICE at $75 a day per bed.

Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said last month that he was close to finalizing a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Jerome County Jail.

Holding handmade signs bearing slogans such as “No ICE” and “Keep our families together,” residents packed into the county commissioners’ meeting room on July 3 and later rallied outside the building, chanting “Jerome unido jamas sera vencido,” or “United Jerome will never be defeated.”

On July 3, commissioners voted to bring someone from ICE to Jerome at some point to talk about the proposal.

This story will be updated with information from the Times-News after today’s meeting.