Lea County Detention Center puts stop to federal immigration holds

New Mexico

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE)- A detention center in southeastern New Mexico is cracking down on housing immigrant inmates.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the Lea County Detention Center will now require active warrants to house inmates as opposed to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer or ICE hold. Previously, the jail cooperated with policies from the Obama administration-era that

ICE detainees used to be held for up to 48 hours while ICE investigated possible immigration violations. The shift in policy was a result of a federal court case in Albuquerque.

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