- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Sedgwick County will no longer honor requests from federal immigration officials to detain without criminal charges people who are in the country illegally.

The Sedgwick County sheriff’s office said in a news release Wednesday it wants to be proactive and avoid potential civil liability. Shawnee, Johnson and Finney counties have made similar changes.

The move comes after recent court decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania found that such detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are not commands that local jurisdictions have to honor. Courts held that sheriffs could be liable for constitutional violations for holding people past the time they would otherwise be released.

Sedgwick County has 18 inmates now with ICE detainers.

The jail will no longer accept people booked solely for being in the country illegally.

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