April 5, 2017

State’s highest court hears arguments for and against ICE immigration detainers

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BOSTON — State law enforcement officials have the “inherent” authority to arrest and hold immigrants scheduled for deportation, a Department of Justice attorney argued in court on Tuesday.

The Supreme Judicial Court has called into question a tool federal immigration authorities use to gain custody of immigrants in the country illegally: requests for state law enforcement to hold someone for federal authorities without a judicially approved warrant.

The case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn is moot for the defendant who was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but it could have broad implications politically and policy-wise as the nation wrestles with heightened efforts to enforce immigration laws.


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  1. Was he born in 1975 or was he a refuge? His country or origin is Cambodia not Thailand. If there was any doubt, they would’ve tried Thailand when Cambodia turned them down. (1) paperwork is wrong (2) he should’ve been released as soon as the legitimate case was dropped.