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September 19, 2014

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Metro won’t detain immigrants on ICE requests

Metro Police announced today that they will no longer detain immigrants based solely on a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The policy change was made after recent court decisions raised questions about the constitutionality of local police detaining immigrants based only on an immigration detainer request from ICE, Metro Police officials said.

As a result, Metro will only observe such requests from ICE if it can present a judicial determination of probable cause or a warrant from a judicial officer, police said.

“This change has nothing to do with me taking a stand on the immigration issue” Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said. “It has more to do with a situation we’ve found ourselves in and this is the best thing to do until the feds figure it out."

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