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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 6:42 PM

Updated: Jul 29, 2014 6:43 PM

EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is monitoring the jail for possible litigation from illegal immigrants.

Some county jails in northern states stopped holding immigrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.

The detainers keep immigrants in jail until Border Patrol agents arrive. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said a detainer allows the jail to hold the person for no more than 48 hours.

"If they place a detainer on them, then we are agreeing to hold them for that agency so that they can come in and take custody of the person," Rodriguez said.

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of illegal immigrants in Nebraska stopped some county jails from accepting detainers.

Rodriguez said the allegation was that immigrants were held for an unreasonable amount of time.

Rodriguez said the Hidalgo County jail is careful when it comes to detainers.

"One of the things that I want to emphasize is we have ICE agents, we have agents with ERO, which is Enforcement of Removal Operations, at our county jail on a daily basis. They monitor the bookings, the prisoners that come in our county jail," Rodriguez said.

Topics: border patrol, rio grande valley, south texas, illegal immigration, immigrant, central america, border crisis, obama administration, immigration surge, hidalgo county, jail, jp rodriguez, sheriff, detainer, american civil liberties union

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