MCSO: ICE halts immigration pickups at jails

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has not picked up any suspected illegal immigrants from Maricopa County jails since Friday, according to an MCSO spokesman.

For years, ICE has been a constant presence in the jails, detaining suspected illegal immigrants for possible deportation proceedings.

On Friday, acting on the advice of the Maricopa County Attorney, Sheriff Paul Penzone announced a change in jail policy.

The jails will no longer do "courtesy holds" for ICE, because they have been ruled unconstitutional by County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

The sheriff says his jails cannot continue holding a person, even if it is a suspected illegal immigrant, after a court-ordered release.

Penzone says the practice put the county at risk for more lawsuits.

The sheriff's office did not cut ties with ICE, whose agents are still a presence in the jails.

Another agency, like ICE, can still re-arrest an inmate immediately upon release, on other charges, including immigration violations.

County deputies continue notifying ICE whenever suspected illegal immigrants are about to be freed so ICE officers can pick them up for re-arrest.

ICE did not respond to questions about why their officers stopped doing immigration pickups, or how long the practice might be on hold.

According to an MCSO spokesman, 26 individuals who ICE decided not to take into custody have been released since Friday night.

"Sheriff Penzone has initiated discussions with ICE on working out a lawful logistical exchange, as ICE has chosen not to do any pick-ups since Friday.  They have continued to receive notification when detainees are pending release,"  MCSO spokesman Mark Casey said on Tuesday.

"We are looking for solutions to this issue without exposing the office to costly lawsuits or violations of civil rights," he added.

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