A regional jail in The Dalles, Oregon, that houses detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has suggested local sheriffs keep their "numbers low" in the jail to make room for immigrant detainees.
The Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility — or NORCOR — has housed immigration detainees since 1999, when the facility first opened. Critics of that process say it violates Oregon's sanctuary law and have sued the jail.
Documents included in that lawsuit give potential insight into how NORCOR allocates space for ICE detainees.
In a Sept. 29, 2016, email, then-NORCOR Lt. Dan Lindhorst wrote ICE to ask that they increase their number of detainees at the jail.
"I see this morning we are down to 26 ICE detainees," Lindhorst wrote. "Could you please see if you can get these numbers up. We have been keeping the county numbers low to make room for the 40 detainees that you had asked for. If you are not going to use us to that extent, please let me know that as well so I can advise my sheriffs."
Less than three hours later, an ICE official wrote back indicating detainees would soon arrive from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
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