In Providence, immigration activists call on Chafee to end ‘ICE holds’

PROVIDENCE — Immigrant activists Monday renewed their call for Governor Chafee to limit collaboration between Rhode Island law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with regard to holds placed on detainees.

Three dozen people marched from St. Patrick Church on Smith Street to the State House, where they urged Chafee to end — by executive order — the practice of state and local law enforcement agencies sending immigrants to ICE for deportation.

The so-called “ICE holds” facilitate detainee transfers from law enforcement to ICE custody.

The rally was organized by the “We are all Arizona” coalition that includes the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Fuerza Laboral, the Committee of Immigrants in Action, American Friends Service Committee, and English for Action.

The group has been pressing Chafee to end the ICE hold policy: Chafee’s office said several weeks ago that he “continues to evaluate the issue.”

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