Milwaukee County Board stengthens rights of the detained

With 14 of 18 Board members voting in favor, the Milwaukee County Board voted for a resolution supported by WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera  that would change the way the county responds to "immigration detainers" issued by Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE issues the detainers to local officials for any person booked into a local jail who may be potentially subject to deportation, regardless of the seriousness of the booking charge. Immigration detainers are not mandatory, and local officials can -- and sometimes do -- refuse to honor them. ICE frequently issues detainers in error, for people who should not be deported. Last year, a third of ICE deportation requests were rejected by immigration judges. The resolution, which now goes to County Executive Chris Abele for signature, directs Milwaukee County law enforcement to follow the example of cities such as Taos, New Mexico,  which prohibits the honoring of Federal immigration detainers except in the case of persons convicted of a felony or two more more misdemeanors.
Take Action: Please call or email County Executive Chris Abele (414-278-4211, countyexec@milwcnty.com) to urge him to sign the resolution on responding to ICE detainers. And if you contacted your County Supervisor earlier regarding the resolution, please call them back to thank them for their vote.