Saturday, April 19, 2014

Federal judge says detention of immigrants is unconstitutional

    The Seattle Times reports that a federal judge in Oregon has ruled that an immigrant's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail at the request of immigration authorities after she was eligible for release.
    The judge wrote that local law enforcement officials are not required to honor requests from federal immigration authorities, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, that someone in custody continue to be held even though their original charges were resolved or they are eligible for bail.
    Perhaps most important, the judge wrote that local law enforcement officials may be held civilly liable for doing so.
    Similar rulings in other federal jurisdictions have prompted local law enforcement officials to announce that they will no longer honor requests for such "holds."

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