Mary Sanchez

June 11, 2014

Jails rightly turn away from bad policy on immigration

In recent years, there have been court cases around the country challenging when U.S. citizens have been jailed and held mistakenly at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In some cases, citizens have continued to be jailed after posting bond, simply because immigration officials suspected the person might be deportable or of interest. A federal court ruled in March that local jails are liable for wrongfully holding people at the request of immigration officials beyond the initial reason they were in custody.

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