NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A civil liberties group is asking the Providence Police Department to follow the state prison system and stop honoring federal immigration detainers without a warrant.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee last week ordered the corrections department to require warrants for all detainers issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Several federal courts have ruled in recent months that the detainers violated people's civil rights. The first of those decisions was in Rhode Island in February.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sent the letter July 18 to Police Chief Hugh Clements.

It was not yet clear whether the Clements is planning to review or change the policy.

A department spokeswoman said she was checking. The ACLU's executive director says they have not heard back yet.

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