Local law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts and across the United States have reportedly been denying requests by federal immigration authorities to hold jailed immigrants past their scheduled release dates. In 2014, agents have filed approximately 105,000 requests for a 48-hour holding period, and several thousand have been denied by local agencies.
Immigration officials reportedly want immigrants who are in jail for criminal offenses to be held for as long as 48 hours after they are eligible to be released. During this time period, the individuals would be transferred into the custody of federal agents, and deportation proceedings would be able to begin. Authorities are increasingly deciding to release immigrants back to their communities rather than hand them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.