The Miami-Dade County attorney has ruled that a petition by federal immigration authorities to keep a foreign national in detention longer than local officials require is not an order, but merely a request. “This detainer, or ‘hold request’ is no more than a request from the Department of Homeland Security that a detainee be held for up to 48 hours,” wrote County Attorney Robert A. Cuevas, Jr. in a July 15 memo to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “It is my conclusion that compliance with ICE detainer requests is voluntary and not mandated by federal law or regulations.”

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