Saturday, April 26, 2014
Twenty-three Oregon law enforcement agencies so far have changed their practice of holding suspected undocumented immigrants in jail for the sole purpose of deportation.
The changes have quickly spread across the state and, legal experts say could have nationwide implications.
Under a federal program called Secure Communities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can request that police keep a cleared inmate in custody at the locality's expense, giving ICE agents time to retrieve the individual for possible deportation.
Sheriff’s officials in Oregon updated their policies after a federal judge ruled April 11 that Clackamas County violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause, 19 hours after her original booking charges had cleared. Read more..
Philadelphia ended it's local cooperation with ICE detainers last week as well.