Detainers

Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Across the United States, county after county continues to alter policies to limit compliance with immigration detainers because of constitutional concerns. A spate of federal rulings found that detainers were not mandatory, so local officials increasingly seem to be coming to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which ask officers [...]

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Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Doña Ana County in New Mexico announced this week it will stop honoring detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at the county jail, becoming the most recent in a string of local jurisdictions across the country to limit their compliance with detainers. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, county commissioners approved [...]

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Over 100 Cities and Counties Now Riding the Anti-Detainer Wave

Over 100 Cities and Counties Now Riding the Anti-Detainer Wave

There have been four recent federal court decisions ruling that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents cannot require local jurisdictions to detain someone and that local law enforcement can be held liable for holding someone for no reason other than an ICE detainer. ICE detainers are written requests for local jails or other law enforcement [...]

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Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

At least 14 counties in Oregon have stopped honoring detainer requests from federal immigration officials. Their decisions followed a federal court ruling that officials in Clackamas County “violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause,” according to the Oregonian. Maria Miranda-Olivares sued Clackamas County after she was held [...]

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What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

As Congress continues their protracted debate on immigration reform, state governments are taking the lead on moving positive measures forward. Thus, anti-immigrant groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Numbers USA  will be on the defensive in 2014, devoting time and resources towards preventing pro-immigrant state policies from taking root. They are certain [...]

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New Legal Analysis Shows State Compliance with ICE Detainers May Violate the Constitution

New Legal Analysis Shows State Compliance with ICE Detainers May Violate the Constitution

Chicago, New York, and San Francisco now prevent local jails from honoring immigration detainers—requests from federal immigration officials for state and local jails to hold a person so that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can investigate the person’s immigration status—unless an arrestee has been charged with or convicted of certain criminal offenses. And California’s [...]

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Local Officials Improve Immigration Enforcement Policies as Congress Fails to Act

Local Officials Improve Immigration Enforcement Policies as Congress Fails to Act

The county council in King County, Washington, decided this week that local law enforcement officials will stop honoring federal immigration agents’ requests to detain immigrants who are arrested for low-level crimes. They voted 5-4 for the new policy on Monday, and supporters hope the change “will build trust between local police and immigrants who don’t [...]

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California Governor Signs Sweeping Immigration Reforms into Law

California Governor Signs Sweeping Immigration Reforms into Law

On the same day thousands of immigrant activists rallied across the country for immigration reform, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills into law that put the state at the forefront of the efforts to fix immigration policies at the state and local level. Among the measures Brown approved was the TRUST Act, which limits [...]

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DHS Issues Tropical Storm Karen Guidance

DHS Issues Tropical Storm Karen Guidance

As they have done during previous weather-related emergencies, the Department of Homeland Security issued guidance directing that immigration enforcement activities be suspended. The directive notes: “…to the extent that Karen impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, there will be no immigration [...]

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ICE Detainers Continue to Target Immigrants with No Criminal Convictions

ICE Detainers Continue to Target Immigrants with No Criminal Convictions

This week, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a troubling new report showing that only about 10% of ICE detainers target “individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security.”  Although the agency’s highest enforcement priorities are threats to public safety and national security, government data shows that, in recent months, [...]

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