Jul 25

NPR: Mass. High Court: Local Authorities Can’t Detain People Without Charges for ICE


NPR reports that the highest court in Massachusetts ruled Monday that local law enforcement cannot keep people in custody solely at ICE’s request. The unanimous decision from the Supreme Judicial Court stated that the state’s laws provide “no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody.” Susan Church, former head of AILA’s New England chapter said, “This is hopefully something that we will look back on and see that it sent a message out to all the other states that this is not the job of the states, to be enforcing federal immigration laws.”