Kansas County Challenges Sanctuary Designation

Fearing the possible loss of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, Finney county officials are challenging Rep. Kevin Yoder’s assertion that their county is an immigrant sanctuary.

Under legislation being pushed by Yoder, states, cities and counties who limit their cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security on immigration matters would not be eligible for FEMA grants for one year.

Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue insists his office does cooperate with federal officials but two recent court decisions addressing immigration detainers requests have left them legally unable to honor further holds.

Finney County Administrator Randy Partington argues his county should not be penalized for following the law.

Calls to the Department of Homeland Security and federal immigration officials were not returned.