Join a live conversation about one of the most pressing features of immigration policing today: immigration detainers. Kate Evans, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho; Mark Silverstein, Legal Director of the ACLU of Colorado; and my colleague Christopher N. Lasch, Professor of Law at the University of Denver will be speaking at the University of Denver College of Law at 12:00 p.m. MST today. Their panel, Upending Local Immigration Imprisonment: Immigration Detainer Challenges, is part of the Crimmigration Law & Policy Event Series at the University of Denver. The event will be livestreamed here.
Originating in Reagan-era legislation, immigration detainers help the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency identify migrants for possible imprisonment and removal from the United States by relying on the resources of state and local police officers nationwide. The agency issued over 300,000 detainer requests in 2011. Numbers have gone down since, but they remain a potent force on-the-ground and in political debates. In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions pinned blame for a Chicago skateboarder’s tragic death on county detainer policies. “Another senseless death caused by a dangerous policy,” he said. Just last month, Justice Samuel Alito claimed that Congress gave ICE broad detention power because “state and local officials sometimes rebuff the Government’s request that they give notice when a criminal alien will be released.”