Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

York County Prison to Resume Weekly Transfer Runs from Boston

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

York County Prison to Resume Weekly Transfer Runs from Boston

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York County Prison guards will resume their weekly runs north to pick up people accused of illegally entering the United States from Canada, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday.

An immigration service bus in York County had made the trip for several years until reorganization by the U.S. Department of Homeland security gave the responsibility to the Boston district of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March, said Joe Mellia, assistant chief in Swanton, Vt.

Swanton lies at the Vermont border with Canada.

"Recently, we have had a lot of problems with overcrowding and jail space in New England," Mellia said.

As they did before, officers traveling from York County will meet the border patrol agents in a New York area near Canada. They will transfer the people, their files and property to the York County bus. The transfer to the custody of immigration officials has always gone smoothly, Mellia said.

Mark Henry, deputy chief of the Swanton border patrol, said ICE agreed to the patrol's request to return service to York County.

"It seemed more efficient for us to deal with York," Henry said. "York has a good track record with us."

The Boston district had run out of bed space, spokeswoman Paula Grenier said Wednesday. …

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