The police director for the city of Newark is ordering his officers to refuse federal immigration officials’ requests that they detain suspected undocumented immigrants accused of minor crimes. In California, the legislature is considering a measure that would call for local law enforcement agencies not to hold immigrants held on minor offenses so that immigration authorities can pick them up. The bill allows local police to hold only the most serious criminals for immigration authorities. And in New Orleans, the sheriff no longer will honor federal immigration requests to hold immigrants, except those who are held in the jail for certain felonies. But in Knox County, Tenn., Sheriff Jimmy Jones is going against the tide

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