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Sonoma, Napa Jails No Longer Honoring Immigration Holds Without Probable Cause

The Napa County Department of Corrections will no longer detain inmates past their release date for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless a court finds a probable cause to detain them, the jail's director Lenard Vare said this week.

The Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas also recently announced that jail will no longer honor ICE immigration holds that are not supported by an arrest warrant or other probable cause. 

The jails' new policies are the same as other jurisdictions in California that have stopped honoring standard ICE detainers, Napa County Public Information Officer Elizabeth Emmett said.

The policy change on ICE detainers followed a U.S. District Court ruling in April on the issue.

The court determined an ICE hold is not a mandate and holding an inmate after release on criminal charges is a civil rights violation.

Before the court ruling, the jail was required to keep an undocumented alien in custody for no more than 48 hours excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays to allow ICE to take the inmate into custody.

In a recent letter to Congress, ICE said its holds are not mandatory, Emmett said.

--Bay City News

Dee Baucher June 06, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Can understand that the law enforcement departments are eager to perform in a "politically correct" manner, and are bowing to the pressure of our state officials who are, in turn, bowing to the pressure from Washington and the current administration. Unfortunately, none of these entities are providing the American people with the security, stability, and other protections which our people are entitled to. Our welfare has been abandoned, so that quick profits can be usurped for globalized competitors. Our middle class and economic infrastructure have been decimated, in an attempt to flood our markets with ongoing cheap/illegal labor supplies. Our children's future has been sacrificed for the benefit of GDP and corporate profit, while allowing the complete destruction of our communities and basic system of economic fairness. Meanwhile, the local "law enforcement" are acting to just "go along with the flow".....more bending of our written laws and disruption of any sense of "order".
Rock Fan June 06, 2014 at 05:01 PM
So , let's just forget the border .Nobody cares .There are people all over the world who are hard working who want to come in to this country . Health care , education , it's all free .Come one ,come all .You don't have to be Mexican .JUST COME ON IN .Pick somebody's front yard and pitch a tent .But try to pick the yard where a politician lives .
sandi June 08, 2014 at 09:48 AM
This makes me sick. We are reduced to a third world country so we can play nice with illegals. It's okay though. ..soon nobody will want to come here anyway because we will just be another helpless pit of nothing like all the countries that the illegals are trying to escape from now.. Our poor children and grandchildren. ..

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