Napa County Jail Updates Immigrant Detention Policy
Licensed to practice law in California, attorney Christopher Stender has been a partner of several firms throughout the San Diego area. Building his experience in immigration law, Christopher Stender has a wealth of knowledge regarding representing clients seeking United States citizenship and protecting their rights as immigrants.
In recent news, the Napa County jail has updated its detention policy of undocumented immigrants. Prior to this change, the county jail accommodated Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by holding detainees beyond their release dates. Respecting the constitutional rights of an individual, Napa County jail is now refusing to hold undocumented immigrants without a court order. However, should ICE provide a legal arrest warrant to serve as documentation, the county jail will oblige the hold of 48 hours. The newly implemented practice by the jail does not violate any laws, as ICE holds are not state or federally mandated.
Other counties following suit include Santa Clara, Riverside, San Francisco, and San Diego. This movement is being recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California as a step forward in proper and lawful detention of illegal aliens.