"Nashville immigration attorney Elliott Ozment’s crusade against state
officials who attempt to enforce federal immigration law continued this
week with the filing of a federal lawsuit against Maury County
government and General Sessions Judge Bobby Sands. According
to the lawsuit, Victor Manuel Ramirez-Mendoza appeared in Sands’ court
Jan. 26, 2011, after he was arrested for driving on a suspended license a
week earlier. The judge ordered Ramirez-Mendoza turned over to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the lawsuit, and the
Maury County Sheriff’s Department complied. “It’ll
be better to send him to Mexico because he’s costing us a lot of money
here,” the lawsuit quotes Sands as saying during an exchange with
Ramirez-Mendoza’s public defender. Ozment
said that limited-jurisdiction General Sessions courts have no
authority to enforce federal immigration law and that the Maury County
Sheriff’s Department also cannot investigate, apprehend or detain
suspected illegal immigrants absent a formal partnership with ICE." - The Tennessean, Jan. 28, 2012.