Jun
16

Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and ICE Holds

Hennepin and Ramsey County Sheriffs both announced this week that they are no longer going to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) requests to hold non-citizens for 48-hours after they are released from criminal custody. Until this week, ICE would place a "hold" on certain non-citizen individuals when local law enforcement arrested them. The hold would give ICE 48 hours to come pick these individuals up after they were released from criminal custody. ICE would then often place them in removal proceedings. The Sheriffs cited cost as one of the main reasons they have decided to...

Nov
1

Immigration Courts Must Consider Conditional Parole as an Alternative to Bond

In recent years, Immigration Judges (“IJs”) have universally denied requests for conditional parole under section 236(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). IJs countrywide read this statutory provision to mean that a minimum $1,500 bond is required for releasing a detained immigrant. As a result of this interpretation, many indigent and low-income immigrants stay locked up in detention facilities because they could not afford to pay monetary bonds. Many of these individuals do not pose any public safety concerns, and alternative release conditions would...