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AILA Resources on Secure Communities (Updated 3/28/14)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11113063 (posted Mar. 28, 2014)"

Key to this administration's strategy has been programs that partner with local law enforcement (such as Secure Communities) and the civil immigration detainers on which they rely. These programs have come under attack due to their negative impact on community policing, susceptibility to racial profiling, and their indiscriminate approach to immigration enforcement.

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Legal Matters
  • Galarza v. Lehigh County (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit) (3/3/2014) (AILA Doc. No. 14030447.) The court held that immigration detainers are nonbinding, voluntary requests. Lehigh County "was free to disregard the ICE detainer." The suit involved a U.S. citizen who was held in Lehigh County Prison for 3 days on a detainer after posting bail.
  • Morales v. Chadbourne (U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island) (2/12/2014) U.S. citizen plaintiff held in state correctional facility for 24 hours on a detainer survived motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim against ICE officials and state officials for Fourth and Fifth Amendment violations.

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