Local law enforcement agencies say that when a routine background check finds someone has been flagged by immigration officials, they take the person to jail only if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a federal court order. But if the system shows a request to contact an ICE agent, local officers might do so. In practice, some say, those flags don’t pop up often.
Local law enforcement agencies say that when a routine background check finds someone has been flagged by immigration officials, they take the person to jail only if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a federal court order. But if the system shows a request to contact an ICE agent, local officers might do so. In practice, some say, those flags don’t pop up often. Thinkstock photo
Local law enforcement agencies say that when a routine background check finds someone has been flagged by immigration officials, they take the person to jail only if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a federal court order. But if the system shows a request to contact an ICE agent, local officers might do so. In practice, some say, those flags don’t pop up often. Thinkstock photo

Local police say it takes a court order to bring an immigrant to jail, but not to call the feds

February 18, 2017 02:29 PM

UPDATED February 19, 2017 10:48 AM

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