Immigration Law

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Judge Rules Colorado Sheriffs Have No Legal Authority to Hold Prisoners for ICE: Cisneros v. Elder
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Colorado, Dec. 7, 2018 - " State District Court Judge Eric Bentley issued a final ruling last night barring El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder from holding people in jail at the request of federal immigration enforcement (ICE) after they have... Read More

Federal Court: ICE, L.A. Sheriff Collaborated to Unlawfully Detain Thousands of Suspected Immigrants
Posted on 10 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, Feb. 9, 2018 - "On Thursday, a federal court in California ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) unlawfully detained thousands of suspected immigrants on the basis... Read More

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted of Criminal Contempt
Posted on 31 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Megan Cassidy, Arizona Republic, July 31, 2017 - "The immigration policies that elevated former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fame were the same that would ultimately lead to his political demise, and now have convicted him of a federal crime. On Monday... Read More

Broward County Sheriff Modifies ICE Detainer Policy
Posted on 25 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Becky Sharpless writes: "In a new policy announced on Friday , the Broward Sheriff's Office will no longer honor ICE detainers, unless the request for detention is supported by an order of removal or an administrative arrest order. A copy of... Read More

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and... Read More

Colorado Sheriffs Drop ICE Holds / Detainers
Posted on 30 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Several Colorado sheriffs will no longer honor requests from federal immigration authorities to continue to detain someone once they are eligible to be released on the charges for which they were initially arrested. ... Boulder County Sheriff Joe... Read More

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ
Posted on 23 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff... Read More

Kern County Will Continue ICE Detainers Pending Legal Analysis
Posted on 13 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Under the new state law known as the Trust Act which went into effect January 1, undocumented immigrants arrested for minor misdemeanor offenses are no longer subjected to being placed on a 48 hour immigration hold at the request of ICE, Immigration... Read More

Can L.A. County Sheriff McDonnell Thread PEP-Trust Act Needle?
Posted on 24 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, Sept. 23, 2015 - "The Los Angeles County sheriff announced Tuesday his newest plan to further entangle the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) harsh deportation policies.... Read More

Justice Department: North Carolina Sheriff Targeted Latinos
Posted on 19 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press : "A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations... Read More

Immigration a Central Issue in Texas Sheriff Race
Posted on 16 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As he seeks a third term as Travis County sheriff, Greg Hamilton would prefer the race be about issues like putting more deputies on the streets and ways to improve mental health resources for people booked into the county jail. But after... Read More

Colorado Sheriff Turns Undoucumented Domestic Violence Victims Over to ICE
Posted on 25 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An undocumented immigrant detained by immigration authorities after being arrested in a domestic-violence incident — in which she was the victim — is speaking out because she doesn't want others to go through the same ordeal... Read More

ICE, Austin Are E-Mail Pen-Pals
Posted on 12 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When defending his aggressive implementation of the federal Secure Commun­ities program – an Immigration and Cus­toms Enforcement initiative that has led to the deportation of some 5,000 undocumented immigrants since 2009 – Travis... Read More

Immigration Detainers at Forefront in Travis County [Austin, TX] Sheriff Race
Posted on 7 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In Travis County, which many consider the liberal hub of Texas, a controversial immigration-enforcement policy is at the forefront of the sheriff’s race." - Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, May 7, 2012 . [The issue is whether... Read More

Denver Joins Growing List of Colorado Counties Rejecting ICE Holds
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Denver will no longer hold inmates for federal immigration authorities solely on the basis of immigration status, Sheriff Gary Wilson said Wednesday. The move to refuse federal immigration holds follows federal court rulings in other states that... Read More