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Immigration Holds: From Regular Jail to Immigration Detention

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Gavel and Scales

An immigrant to the U.S., whether legally present or not, faces a double risk if picked up by the police or U.S. law enforcement authorities: Once in jail, the person may be found out by the immigration authorities. By placing an immigration hold on the person, they then have an opportunity to place him or her in detention or in immigration court proceedings, to establish whether the person has a green card or other right to be in the U.S. -- and even if he or she did, whether that person has lost such rights through commission of a crime.