Teller County sheriff still weighing how to comply with new law barring ICE 'detainers'

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10 June 2019
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Colorado News
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The Teller County sheriff has yet to say whether he will comply with a new state law that bars local law enforcement agencies from holding suspected undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens] solely at the request of federal immigration authorities.
According to a spokesman, Sheriff Jason Mikesell is still weighing his response to the new law while embarking on a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mikesell, the only Colorado sheriff still honoring the requests, was sued last year by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado over the controversial practice.
When Colorado’s law takes effect in August, local jails cannot legally honor “detainer” requests by ICE. Those essentially ask sheriffs to hold suspected undocumented immigrants for up to 48 hours beyond when they are otherwise eligible for release, giving immigration agents a chance to arrest them while they are still in custody....