Five years ago, the Department of Homeland Security established a program that forwards local arrest records to a national immigration database. If an individual is suspected of being in the country unlawfully, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE", may ask local law enforcement to hold the individual until officials can investigate his or her immigration status. These requests are known as ICE holds.
The Congress of Day Laborers is pressing local elected officials to investigate reports that undocumented workers are being detained and deported. The complaints center on the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigration advocates in New Orleans say the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on immigration policy will lead to racial profiling. The Congress of Day Laborers is reaching out to minority leaders for support.