Activist Judge: Sheriff can’t hold people for immigration authorities

Article publisher: 
9 News
Article date: 
8 December 2018
Article category: 
Colorado News
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The Colorado American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in February on behalf of two people in El Paso County who attempted to post bond but were told they would not be released because of a request from federal immigration authorities. ...

A Colorado sheriff’s practice of continuing to jail people suspected of being in the country illegally on behalf of federal authorities is unconstitutional, a judge said as he barred the office from honoring the so-called “detainer” requests.
District Court Judge Eric Bentley ruled late Thursday that El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder has no authority under state law to hold people once they have posted bond, completed a sentence or otherwise resolved their state case....