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Los Angeles to require judicial oversight for ICE holds

ICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility

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An immigrant makes a call from his 'segregation cell' at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Guards said he had been put in solitary confinement for fighting with another inmate. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide.

Los Angeles said this week that it will reject federal requests to hold non-citizens just because of their immigration status.

It will only grant detainers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, if there's been some kind of review by a judge or if a warrant has been issued. L.A. joins a growing number of police and sheriff's departments around the country saying no to ICE holds.

This year, the LAPD has gotten 733 requests for ICE detainers and granted about 300 of them, or some 40 percent, according to Chief Charlie Beck. With the city's new policy, that rate will likely drop further.

With more on why this is happening, we're joined by Southern California Public Radio's Josie Huang.

Yesterday's statement from the Los Angeles Police Department:

Recent court decisions have raised Constitutional concerns regarding detention by local law enforcement agencies based solely on an Immigration Detainer request from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Until this area of the law is further clarified by the Courts, effective immediately the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer honor Immigration Detainer requests  submitted by ICE unless one of the following conditions are met:

1. Judicial Determination of Probable Cause for that detainer; or
2. Warrant from a Judicial Officer.

The Los Angeles Police Department endeavors to maintain a solid relationship with our Federal partners while simultaneously serving the citizens of Los Angeles regardless of immigration status in United States.


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