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States' sheriffs: No unlawful detainers

"It is my policy to focus on local public safety priorities and leave it to federal immigration officials to focus on federal immigration enforcement", said Hernandez earlier this year.

The Sheriff's Department has said it is legally prohibited from honoring detainers, as is every other sheriff in California, due to the Trust Act. After a brief discussion about his case, Hernandez would be on his way, allowing him to maintain his home in Marietta, run his painting business and raise two children, including a US -born son.

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"It's been pretty noticeable nationwide", says Heather Prendergast, chair of the American Immigration Lawyers' ICE Liaison Committee.

"He was compliant all along with whatever conditions ICE put on him", said Hiba Ghalib, his immigration attorney.

The sheriffs issued a statement, signed by association president Mark Nelson, the sheriff of Cowlitz County, stating that they wouldn't perform unlawful detainers.

The election of Donald Trump has dramatically increased public scrutiny of immigration policy at the federal, state and local level - triggering widespread confusion over what is new, and what isn't.

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"They are here illegally", said Dr. Bill Hudson, a retired dentist, conservative activist and Trump supporter from Marietta. "It's not uncommon that when human rights organizations report on such things that there is a denial or different narrative they want to deliver".

Hudson faulted the Obama administration for letting people like Hernandez remain in the country: "It wasn't right for the country to let them stay here in the beginning". But several similar cases across the country have drawn headlines in recent weeks. She said she was taken into custody by two officers for an unsettled legal obligation.

The stepped-up arrests and deportation come as a number of New York City officials and immigration advocates have reported that they are seeing and hearing about an increasing number of ICE agents in courtroom, waiting to deport immigrants who might have fallen afoul of the law. ICE's position has been less than cooperative.

Attorney General Sessions' contention that he has the authority to cut federal funds to municipalities he has classified as "sanctuary cities" goes beyond his constitutional responsibilities and would likely be thrown out of court because such action would violate the 10th Amendment and be deemed "arbitrary and capricious" for lack of a clear foundation in law.

Target enforcement actions are taking place around the country daily. "The remainder had unlawfully entered the United States in violation of U.S. immigration laws", according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson.

Those arrested who have outstanding orders of deportation or who have returned to the US illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. "I can't even make a call outside", says Uriba in the visitation room of T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a 512-bed immigrant detention facility in rural Texas.

In a letter he wrote ICE in February, Hernandez said he been in the US since 1989 and had been paying taxes annually. "But partly they're the product of the worst nightmares of immigrants' minds, now unleashed by the administration; perhaps unsupported by reality but not, in their existential fear, wholly irrational either".

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