October 6, 2023

MEMORANDUM FOR:
Francisco Madrigal
Assistant Director
Enforcement Division

THROUGH: Juan Acosta
Assistant Director
Field Operations

FROM: Michael Bernacke
Field Office Director
Salt Lake City Field Office

SUBJECT:
Recission of memorandum dated May 31, 2023, “Sanctuary State Designation for the State of Utah”

Discussion:
On May 31, 2023, I submitted the memorandum, “Sanctuary State Designation for the State of Utah”. This outlined detention capacity difficulties with the State of Utah, the Cache, Utah, and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices.

This memorandum is outdated. Since that time, the Salt Lake City Field Office has been working with state officials and sheriffs to address the capacity issues in Utah to further enhance public safety and border security.

The State of Utah and associated counties work collaboratively with the Salt Lake City Field Office and is not sanctuary state. Additionally, the memorandum was notional in nature and designation should not have been in place. The Salt Lake City Field Office has an established history of working collaboratively with local agencies appreciates its ongoing relationships with the State, Counties and associated agencies.