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Immigration Detainers at Forefront in Travis County [Austin, TX] Sheriff Race

"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 the detainer regulation, 8 C.F.R. 287.7 , is a...

Immigration a Central Issue in Texas Sheriff Race

"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 criticism from Hamilton's opponent in the Democratic...

Colorado Sheriff Turns Undoucumented Domestic Violence Victims Over to ICE

"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. Virginia Mancinas Urtusuastegui, 35, of Glenwood...

Justice Department: North Carolina Sheriff Targeted Latinos

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. In an 11-page report issued Tuesday , the federal...

Alabama Deputy Sheriff Facing Deportation

"A Canadian man who served as a reserve deputy for 25 years in southeast Alabama is facing charges of being in the United States illegally, and the sheriff he worked for isn't happy about it. Kevin Dwight Venhuis, 46, of Abbeville is charged with being an illegal immigrant and possessing firearms...

New Orleans to Decline Most ICE Detainer Requests

"The Orleans Parish sheriff will no longer honor many requests from the federal immigration authorities to detain people who are suspected of being here illegally, making New Orleans one of a growing number of jurisdictions to adopt such a policy and the first to do so in the Deep South. The policy...

Kern County Will Continue ICE Detainers Pending Legal Analysis

"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 and Customs Enforcement. Kern County Sheriff...

Colorado Sheriffs Drop ICE Holds / Detainers

"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 Pelle said in an email shared with The Associated...

Denver Joins Growing List of Colorado Counties Rejecting ICE Holds

"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 a county sheriff's department is potentially...

Broward County Sheriff Modifies ICE Detainer Policy

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 the policy is attached . Please report any implementation...

ICE, Austin Are E-Mail Pen-Pals

"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 County Sheriff Greg Hamilton often suggests...

Can L.A. County Sheriff McDonnell Thread PEP-Trust Act Needle?

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. The sheriff’s proposal would allow ICE full...

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds

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 Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The suit raises Fourth...

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ

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 Department is the largest sheriff department...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted of Criminal Contempt

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, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio...