The Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday that it will no longer honor ICE detainer requests unless they are supported by probable cause, including an order of removal or administrative arrest order. A legal bulletin announcing the new Broward County policy can be found on the AILA South Florida website here.
With the policy change in effect, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is expected to release detainees whose ICE detainers are not supported by probable cause, i.e. the order of removal or service of the warrant of arrest for removal proceedings.
This new policy follows ongoing efforts pushing for a change by the Broward Public Defender’s Office and a coalition of legal and community groups including the Florida Immigrant Coalition, SEIU, the Law Offices of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., and the Immigration Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law.
Similar changes were made to the ICE Detainer Policy in Miami-Dade in January, granting greater individual liberties to the area’s foreign nationals.