MDC to no longer house migrants without hold orders

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center
MDC to no longer house migrants without hold orders.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County will no longer keep inmates in jail while their immigration status is being checked as long as there’s no order to keep them in custody.

Right now some inmates are kept based on requests from immigration authorities. The change is a result of court cases nationwide.

A county attorney says authorities can’t violate someone’s civil rights for the convenience of a government agency.

The county will still communicate with federal agents and notify them of any release orders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus