Lehigh County (Pa.) Just Says 'No' to ICE Detainers

"Lehigh County will no longer cooperate with federal requests to hold suspected illegal immigrants beyond their release date.  In a bipartisan move, county commissioners approved the new policy Wednesday after a federal court ruled in a Lehigh County case that detention orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are, in fact, only requests.  The court stated in Galarza v. Szalczyk that Lehigh County prison officials violated the rights of Ernesto Galarza, who was held for three days after posting bail because of an immigration detainer.  "In choosing to leave the county holding the bag in the courtroom, ICE inflicted a financial penalty on Lehigh County taxpayers, and this administration is choosing to prevent any recurrence," Executive Tom Muller said." - Samantha Marcus, Morning Call, May 14, 2014.