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Franklin County Removed from Sanctuary County List

Franklin County, Pennsylvania, has been officially removed from the Center for Immigration Studies’ sanctuary counties list, as confirmed by the Franklin County Commissioners. The county was mistakenly included in this list, which tracks regions that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

After collaborative efforts between the Franklin County administration and the Center for Immigration Studies, it was established that the county’s policies do not align with those typically associated with sanctuary jurisdictions. This correction was made on the center’s website late last week.

Commissioner Chairman Dean Horst expressed gratitude for the Center’s cooperation in resolving the issue. “We are grateful to no longer be listed as a sanctuary county,” Horst stated, emphasizing Franklin County’s ongoing commitment to collaborating with federal immigration authorities within the bounds of federal law.

The county continues to stay informed on legal developments to maintain effective partnerships with immigration enforcement agencies. This includes routine interactions between Franklin County Jail staff and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to facilitate the transfer of detainees of interest to ICE upon their release.

Photo Credits to Franklin County, PA


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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