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Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A dairy group in south-central Idaho has sent a letter to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county's new jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a prospect that already has sparked large protests in the community. Idaho Dairymen's Association Executive Director Bob Naerebout tells the Capital Press ( that many dairymen are concerned with the possibility of losing workers with the increased ICE presence. He says workers fear ICE agents will intimidate them and could raid work areas. Naerebout says some workers have already left their jobs because they no longer feel safe. A copy of an ICE memorandum given to the newspaper by the Jerome County Sheriff's Office states that no on-site ICE compliance personnel would be housed at the Jerome facility.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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