- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Fewer Pennsylvania jails are complying with requests from federal immigration authorities to hold prisoners suspected of being in the country illegally.

The Allentown Morning Call reports Monday (https://bit.ly/1C1Kfyl ) 14 counties adopted formal policies last year against holding prisoners in their jails for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A Temple University survey shows 18 other counties had previously adopted anti-detainer policies and two have policies in favor of cooperating with ICE.

The newspaper reports counties have shifted away from helping federal immigration authorities after an appeals court last year ruled that ICE could only request help from local jails and that requiring cooperation infringed on states’ rights.

ICE tells the newspaper its agents have had to round up gang members and sex offenders who were free because counties ignored detention requests.


Information from: The Morning Call, https://www.mcall.com

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