The ACLU of Colorado successfully convinced all sheriffs in Colorado to stop holding people in jail on detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigration detainers (also called “ICE detainers” or “ICE holds”) are routinely issued by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). They ask sheriffs to continue imprisoning a person for up to five days past the time when the person would otherwise be released, so that ICE can decide whether to take that person into federal custody for a possible immigration violation. Deportation proceedings are civil, not criminal, cases. Remaining in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws is not a crime.
After months of ACLU of Colorado advocacy with the sheriffs, Colorado became the first state in the country in which all county jailers now reject detainer requests from ICE. Read our press release.
ICE Detainers Fact Sheet
Detenciones por inmigración – Hoja informativa
ACLU letter to Colorado sheriffs
Colorado Rights Blog post: “Claudia’s Story: How a Domestic Violence Victim’s Call for Help Resulted in Three Days in Jail and Deportation Proceedings”
Client Profile: Claudia Valdez