Posted 4 years and 6 months ago
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 state, clarifying that they have
no legal obligation to honor so-called immigration “detainers.”
Although Harris’ guidance was consistent with existing policies in
numerous California counties, it has prompted other state law
enforcement officials to publicly reconsider their willingness to
cooperate with ICE.
Unfortunately, states and counties detain aliens at an alarming rate. It is important to retain an experienced deportation defense attorney immediately if you find yourself in this position.