Group wants immigration detainer order extended

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than two dozen protesters showed up unannounced in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s office to demand he extend his policy requiring a warrant for immigration detainers to all state agencies he oversees.

Chafee earlier this month made the policy change for the state Department of Corrections. But the protesters say the work of honoring detainers has now been shifted to sheriffs.

They filled Chafee’s office for about 20 minutes Thursday and ultimately spoke with Chafee chief of staff Kenny Alston. He told the group he met earlier in the day with the head of the corrections department and the lieutenant colonel of the Department of Public Safety.

He says they’re working on broadening the new policy so it applies to other agencies but it can’t be done immediately because so many are involved.

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