Federal ruling changes Lane Co. Jail immigration detainer policy

Federal ruling changes Lane Co. Jail immigration detainer policy

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Jail officials said they are no longer holding inmates booked on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (or ICE) detainers, unless they have a court order or warrant.

The change comes after a federal court decided on April 11 that it was unconstitutional to hold people on federal immigration detainers past the time they were otherwise supposed to be released.

Historically, agencies have helped customs officials by keeping suspected illegal aliens in custody for short periods of time, even after their local charges are resolved.

Lane County Sheriff's Sergeant Carrie Carver said this change might allow them to shift resources to their primary goal.

"We're just not going to be using up our jail beds to hold these folks. We're going to be using out jail beds for folks here on local charges only," said Sgt. Carver.

She said this hasn't been a big issue locally, but they recognize the precedent set by the April 11 ruling.