The Suffolk County Sheriff no longer plans to house immigration detainees at a Boston jail and has ordered the federal government to remove all current detainees from the jail by Oct. 12.
Boston newspapers report that Sheriff Andrea Cabral’s office sent a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week complaining of a “staggering lack of communication and respect” from the agency.READ MORE: Moderna Says Third COVID Vaccine Booster Shot 'Likely To Be Necessary' This Fall Due To Delta Variant
The sheriff’s office has been paid approximately $10 million a year by ICE since 2005 to hold immigrants awaiting deportation or other immigration proceedings.READ MORE: Two Million 'Brand Name' Dehumidifiers Recalled Due To Fire Risk
A spokesman for ICE told The Boston Globe it was reviewing the letter.MORE NEWS: Moderna Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is 93% Effective 6 Months After Second Dose
A recent federal report faulted the medical care provided to Pedro Tavarez, an immigration detainee who died last October after contracting a bacterial infection at the Suffolk County House of Correction.