Massachusetts' highest court will decide whether local authorities in the state may comply with detainers issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Critics of the detainer policy argued that it is unconstitutional for state authorities to make civil arrests on behalf of the federal government.


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But law enforcement officials said that a state may work with the federal government if they want, Molly Line reported.

The Justice Department, siding with state authorities, said any constitutional questions regarding states being banned from working with federal officials are unfounded.

Before court adjourned for the day in Boston, lawyers for the plaintiff, Cambodian refugee Sreynuon Lunn, said there is no implicit authority for state officials to make "warrantless" arrests for a civil violation.

Lunn, who entered the United States illegally in 1985, was arrested in Massachusetts last year on unarmed robbery charges.

He was detained by ICE just before he was slated to be released by local authorities, who marked his case as "not ready for trial."

Lunn's case is being closely followed by advocates on both sides of the national debate.

Let us know what you think in the comments, and check out this Massachusetts Democrat who reportedly tipped-off illegal immigrants to an ICE raid.


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