Sheriffs in Oregon Limit Detention of Immigrants

Located in Los Angeles, our immigration attorneys follow immigration news from across the United States and around the world. Sheriffs in 9 counties in Oregon this week announced that they will no longer hold people in jail based on requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This news comes after a United States Magistrate Judge in Portland ruled that an immigrant’s rights had been violated while she was held in a county jail on such a request.

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After this ruling, 9 sheriffs, including those located in the counties where Portland and Salem are located, said they would no longer comply with these immigration detainer requests from the federal immigration enforcement agency.

This decision in Oregon is the latest of several federal rulings this year alone, raising doubts about the constitutionality of detainers that federal authorities have routinely issued to state and local police, requesting immigrants be arrested for additional time. These requests usually involve holding an immigrant for an additional 48 hours for ICE to investigate their legal status.

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