Local, federal authorities at odds over holding some immigrant inmates

Oregon lawsuit scare locals away from holding illegal aliens for federal authorities
Local, federal authorities at odds over holding some immigrant inmates

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by Kate Linthicum | L.A. Times | June 3, 2014


More than a dozen California counties have stopped honoring requests from immigration agents to hold potentially deportable inmates beyond the length of their jail terms, saying the practice may expose local sheriffs to liability.

In recent weeks, officials in counties including Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino have stopped complying with so-called ICE detainers, citing a federal court ruling in April that found an Oregon county liable for damages after it held an inmate beyond her release date so she could be transferred into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

The California counties are among about 100 municipalities across the country that have stopped the practice since the ruling, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, an advocacy group that is tracking the issue.

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