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Here’s the final word on shelter status – Franklin County, PA is NOT on the list and should never have been on the list in the first place

May 29 – This has taken a long time – much longer than it probably should have.

Franklin County, Ohio, was a sanctuary county as listed by the Center for Immigration Studies. The USCIS is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and it is a division of the Department of Homeland Security that deals with immigration.

Franklin County, PA, was also on that list, but was ultimately removed because Franklin County, PA, was not and never has been a refuge.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Franklin County, PA, is undoubtedly pleased to have him removed from that list. This has been a thorn in their side for years. The group that generates that list has continued to list Franklin County, PA, as a sanctuary city.”

Please note that nothing is different in our province.

Barkdoll said, “There has been no change in policy here. It’s not like the commissioners did anything new that got them off the list. I suspect that behind the scenes, the commissioners assigned some staff to communicate with the organization that generates the list, and gave them all the information they needed to finally get Franklin County off the list. So I am sure that the commissioners and the district administration will ultimately be very pleased with this development.”

The commissioners and county administration worked closely with the Center for Immigration Studies to demonstrate that Franklin County policy does not support sanctuary designation. Those efforts were successful and Franklin County was removed from the online list late last week, the county said in a statement today.

“We appreciate CIS’s cooperation in resolving this matter and we are grateful that we are no longer listed as a sanctuary city,” said Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dean Horst. “Franklin County has a long history of cooperating with federal immigration authorities and we will continue to cooperate with those authorities to the maximum extent permitted under federal law.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM commented: “It was irresponsible of the Center for Immigration Studies to cause this controversy in the first place, especially when the mix-up occurred with Ohio’s Franklin County. They should have been more proactive in establishing that story. But they are an activist group trying to promote the idea and I think many of us would agree that the immigration system is obviously abused and broken. So they tend to set the bar very low for what they consider a refuge.”

Barkdoll said, “I think the key is for someone to say, well, you were a refuge, but now you’re not. There has been no change in policy, which I think confirms what the Commissioners have been saying all along. This was incorrect. Just because the commissioners passed the new resolution doesn’t mean this group has reconsidered what happened. I’m sure the province is happy with it. This would even come up to some extent in political campaigns and commissaries; the incumbents would often have to defend it by saying well, this is inaccurate, yet it went on for years. It’s not clear why it took so long for them to be delisted. But once again, the time has finally come.”

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