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.


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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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