September 16, 2020
By Sam Dorman
Authorities in one Virginia county for the last two years have denied 98%, or 915, of federal immigration enforcement’s requests to detain non-citizens, an outside investigation concluded.
The report came from the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) on Friday, more than two years after Fairfax County implemented a policy raising the criteria for which requests it would honor. Between May 23, 2018 and May 6, 2020, the affluent county reportedly received 929 detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which often uses them to hold suspected criminals.
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