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ICE announces new rules for immigrant detainees

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ICE announced new rules and paperwork for immigrant detainees on Friday.

Anyone being held by state or local law enforcement will be notified about any removal proceedings and their rights, ICE said.

A new form has been issued to help detainees. ICE also has a 24-hour hotline number — (855) 448-6903 — for those who believe they are citizens or may be victims of crime. Translators are available from 7 a.m. to midnight, ICE said.

What it means

  • A request that the law enforcement agency provide the subject of the detainer a copy of the detainer form and includes a notice advising the subject that ICE intends to assume custody. The notice informs these individuals that ICE has requested the LEA maintain custody beyond the time when they would have otherwise been released by the state or local law enforcement authorities based on their criminal charges or convictions. The notice also includes Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese translations.
  • Further emphasis that LEAs may only hold an individual for a period not to exceed 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). It also advises individuals that if ICE does not take them into custody within the 48 hours, they should contact the LEA or entity that is holding them to inquire about their release from state or local custody.
  • Directions for individuals who may have a civil rights or civil liberties complaint regarding ICE activities.
  • The new form allows ICE to make the detainer operative only upon the individual's conviction of the offense for which he or she was arrested.
  • The new form makes clear that the existence of a detainer should not impact or prejudice the individual's conditions of detention, including matters related to the individual's custody classification, work or quarter assignments.

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