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.