Immigration agents take 13 into custody |

Immigration agents take 13 into custody

Daily Staff Report

BRECKENRIDGE – Thirteen people of Eastern European and Eastern Asian descent were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last week in Breckenridge, according to Jeff Dorschner, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.The office did not release names or ages.A number of people were interviewed before the 13 people were taken, he said.They were being held at the immigration detention facility in Aurora.”(Immigration agents) will determine their status and if they’re out of status they could be subject to deportation proceedings,” Dorschner said.The operation was run by ICE with the U.S Attorney’s Office acting as its legal advisory, Dorschner said.Summit County Sheriff John Minor said his department assisted the operation only in its jurisdiction and to a limited degree.”We don’t have jurisdiction on immigration matters,” Minor said. “We’re advised and do assist when (ICE) asks for assistance. They have concurrent jurisdiction and can respond whenever they feel a need.”Silverthorne Police Department administrative assistant Verna Pottle said Silverthorne officers escorted agents to two different homes in Silverthorne, although neither resulted in a detention.One of the addresses didn’t exist and the person in question wasn’t home at the other residence, Pottle said.Dorschner declined to provide details on the operation.”Any time there’s an operation involving federal agents it takes planning, but I’m not going to go into detail on how long or who was involved,” he said.-Nicole FormosaVail, Colorado

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