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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 4, 2019
A new Tennessee immigration law aimed at curbing "sanctuary cities" is already facing a challenge from Shelby County officials, who say the new measure is “unenforceable and unconstitutional” because of its “vagueness” and would not be applied locally, The Daily Memphian reports. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on Jan. 2 that it would not follow the new measure, which calls for local law enforcement throughout the state to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests to hold immigrants in the country illegally for deportation. Last year, the sheriff’s office said it stopped holding immigrants past their release dates after the county attorney said the federal immigration detainer requests from ICE would violate the U.S. Constitution.