ACLU Sues Montana Sheriff For Honoring ICE Detainer

The keyword here is Illegal.

Helena IR reports that the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is currently facing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Montana regarding inmate Agustin Ramon at the Lincoln County Detention Center. Ramon holds dual citizen to France and Mexico. He was arrested on August 3rd for a criminal burglary charge.

His bond was posted at $25,000, but the lawsuit claims when Ramon tried to pay his bond he was told they could not release him because of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer. The ACLU of Montana argues that, once an immigrant posts bond, they must be released, according to state law.

The ACLU argues that Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe must act within state law and hopes that the class-action lawsuit will end the use of ICE detainers in Lincoln County and elsewhere.

Helena IR:

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana sued Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe on Thursday in district court there, alleging Bowe is detaining an immigrant man against state law.

Agustin Ramon, a 32-year-old dual citizen of Mexico and France, was booked into the Lincoln County jail in early August on burglary charges, according to the ACLU’s civil complaint. While Ramon’s wife paid a bail bond company the agreed rate of $25,000, officials reportedly told the bondsman that payment would likely not lead to Ramon’s release due to a detainer order from Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

The immigration detainer asks local authorities to hold that inmate for another 48 hours after he would be released; for example, following payment of Ramon’s bond.

The ACLU contends that Bowe is overstepping his authority by holding Ramon on suspected immigration violations, which would be a civil matter, without allowing him to post bond for his criminal charge and be released ahead of trial.[…]

Shahid Haque, an immigration attorney with Border Crossing Law Firm, is also representing Ramon in the complaint. In a press release from the ACLU, Haque said Montana law requires that anyone, including immigrants, must be released from custody once they have posted bond. More

The people in question are not Americans… They are invaders, usurpers, and criminals. ICE agents are doing their jobs and trying to keep all Americans safe by enforcing our laws. How in the heck can you sue a law enforcement agency for upholding a Federal law?


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