Local Sheriffs Make Change to Illegal Immigrant Detention Policy

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said there's a new agreement between 17 Florida sheriff's offices and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  

"If someone's been deported, they shouldn't come back.  And they shouldn't come back and commit crimes," said Gualtieri.

It means local jails will detain an illegal immigrant for 48 hours after that immigrant has been released from state custody so ICE can pick them up for deportation. 

Gualtieri said, until now, sheriffs face a dilemma--release the illegal immigrant and risk more crime or detail them and face a civil rights lawsuit.

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