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Associated Press
October 23, 2019

Las Vegas police suspend federal immigration holds at jail
By Ken Ritter

Immigration and Customs Enforcement cross-checks jail rosters around the U.S. with federal nationality and immigration status databases. When it detects a person is unauthorized to be in the U.S., it issues a detainer asking the jailers to hold the person until he or she can be taken into immigration custody. Advocates say electronic databases can contain errors and lead to false accusations that someone is in the U.S. illegally. Birotte cited ICE data finding that nearly 800 detainers out of almost 13,000 were explicitly lifted in nine months ending February 2016 because the person was a U.S citizen “or otherwise not subject to removal.” Las Vegas police handle the Clark County jail, with nearly 3,100 beds. It is the largest but not the only lockup in southern Nevada. Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reported 676 people were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody from jails in Clark County last year.

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