But ICE detainers are not valid warrants as Neil claims, and he has no legal obligation to honor detainer requests without them. Instead, he voluntarily submits to ICE’s strongarm tactics that expose the county to lawsuits and subjects taxpayers to the additional costs of incarceration in the county’s overcrowded jail.

This classic Christmas carol premiered more than 170 years ago in a small town in southern France. The English version, which was released in Boston just six years before the start of the Civil War, became a favorite among abolitionists. Its popularity survives today perhaps because it straddles the tension between the ideals of “faith with deeds” and “faith without deeds.”

Truly He taught us to love one another; 

His law is love and His gospel is peace. 

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; 

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

~words by John Sullivan Dwight, American abolitionist

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office voluntarily cooperates with federal authorities to enforce immigration law. A federal agency insists the City and County chose between endorsing the Sheriff’s policy or forfeiting $600,000 in grant funds over two years. Will they accept this binary choice or look for alternatives to help protect local immigrants from deportation?