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Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

As communities continue to debate the harmful impact of large scale immigration enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, the 287(g) Program and the Criminal Alien Program, much of the discussion has centered on the use of “detainers.” –  Detainers are requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to state and local jailers and officials asking [...]

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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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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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New ICE Detainer Guidance Too Little, Too Late

New ICE Detainer Guidance Too Little, Too Late

On the Friday before Christmas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance on immigration “detainers,” the lynchpin of agency enforcement programs involving cooperation with local police. In the new guidance, ICE Director John Morton instructed agency employees to only file detainers against immigrants who represent agency “priorities.” Unfortunately, as with prior agency memos [...]

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Guidance on ICE Detainers Sends Ripples Through California

Guidance on ICE Detainers Sends Ripples Through California

Every year, local law enforcement agencies receive thousands of requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep individuals in custody—even after they are entitled to release—while federal officers determine whether to initiate removal proceedings. Last Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued simple but groundbreaking guidance to all law enforcement agencies in the [...]

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Los Angeles County Faces Sweeping Suit Over ICE Detainers

Los Angeles County Faces Sweeping Suit Over ICE Detainers

Under the Constitution, it has long been established that the government needs “probable cause” to hold an individual in custody, and that people granted bail must be released once it is paid. In a class-action lawsuit filed last Friday by numerous immigrants’ rights groups, Los Angeles County and Sheriff Lee Baca stand accused of flouting [...]

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ICE, Local Governments Make Important Changes to Immigration Detainer Policies

ICE, Local Governments Make Important Changes to Immigration Detainer Policies

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding ICE’s Secure Communities program, there have been some recent positive developments on the issue of immigration detainers—a tool used by ICE and other DHS officials to identify potentially deportable individuals who are housed in jails or prisons nationwide. Local governments in New York, Illinois, California and now Washington D.C. have [...]

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