“Salt Lake City joins cities, counties asking U.S. Supreme Court to regulate immigration detention by Feds”
Summary: Salt Lake City joined 20 cities and counties across the country in an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold constitutional protections for immigrants held in prolonged mandatory immigration detention by the federal government. The brief supports the argument that people in immigration detention awaiting deportation proceedings should not be held, often for months or years at a time, with no opportunity to be considered for release. The Supreme Court is reviewing a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that immigrants in prolonged mandatory detention must be given a bond hearing every six months where an immigration judge can consider whether they can safely be released. The amicus brief argues that holding immigrants in mandatory detention without bond hearings also harms their children and families.