Immigration Holds Challenged

In Los Angeles, a group of inmates have filed a challenge to the “Immigration hold” system used throughout the country. Typically, if a non-citizen is arrested for a crime, even if the case is dismissed, an immigration hold is lodged against the person by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In many cases, the person detained is not deportable but must remain in custody until ICE either picks them up and transports them to an immigration detention facility to determine if they are deportable or notifies the detention facility that they are lifting the hold. These holds are essentially automatic and create both an economic and emotional strain on the families of the detained person.

The immigration hold system needs to be either eliminated or modified to include only certain crimes and circumstances, including the person’s immigration status and family ties, etc.

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