Detainers

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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States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

Despite the slow pace of immigration reform in the House of Representatives, it has been a banner year for legislation at the state level to help undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. As the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) explains in a new report, “Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States,” state legislatures approved laws [...]

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Newark Police Department Latest to Push Back on ICE Detainer Requests

Newark Police Department Latest to Push Back on ICE Detainer Requests

The Newark Police Department is the most recent local law enforcement agency to announce that it will  refuse requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain people who have been picked up for minor criminal offenses.  Newark is the first city in New Jersey to stop honoring detainer requests from ICE, and the announcement follows [...]

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New Orleans Latest Locality to Shift Costly Immigration Enforcement Burden Back to Feds

New Orleans Latest Locality to Shift Costly Immigration Enforcement Burden Back to Feds

New Orleans has stopped honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials—the first Southern city to do so—now that the Orleans Parish sheriff’s office will no longer detain people who are suspected of being undocumented immigrants. According to The New York Times, the sheriff’s office will “decline all ICE detention requests except when [...]

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TRUST Act Makes Progress in California

TRUST Act Makes Progress in California

Just before the Fourth of July, the California Senate Public Safety Committee approved the TRUST Act by a vote of 4-2.. The state Assembly previously passed the measure in May, so now the bill heads to the Senate floor. It is the third version of the California TRUST Act considered by the state legislature, which [...]

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