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Immigration Law

Hennepin County, MN Says 'No' to ICE Holds

"Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday that the sheriff’s office will no longer honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.  In the past, “ICE holds” — requests to hold detainees an additional 48 hours beyond their scheduled release from jail — were considered mandatory.  However, recent directives by ICE and federal court rulings have said the detainers are now discretionary.  About 1.5 percent of the 36,000 inmates at the jail have a detainer placed on them, Stanek said.  Since 2012, the cost to taxpayers of detaining them an extra two days has been more than $170,000.  Stanek said the decision came after discussion with Freeman, the sheriff’s office community advisory board, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and representatives from many diverse communities.  Stanek and Freeman said the policy change won’t impact public safety. If ICE wants to pick somebody after their release, they can do so, Stanek said." - Star Tribune, June 11, 2014.