de·tain·er | \ di-ˈtā-nər \

Definition of detainer 

1 : the act of keeping something in one's possession specifically : the withholding from the rightful owner of something that has lawfully come into the possession of the holder

2 : detention in custody

3 : a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to hold a person in custody

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keep him in detainer for at least 72 hours she filed an action for unlawful detainer of land after nonpayment of rent

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An unlawful detainer action is for a matter of there being no rental agreement, there’s no rent to be paid. Bill Zimmerman,, "How you can handle a family member who won't move out," 25 May 2018 Under the policy, the county jails would hold people found to be in the country illegally an additional 48 hours as part of an ICE ''detainer,'' even if there was no other reason for their continued incarceration. Victor Ren, azcentral, "Activists use 'open mic' to send message to Sheriff's Office," 6 Apr. 2018 Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on him a week ago. Fox News, "Priebus on House Intel probe, free trade, Pennsylvania race," 13 Mar. 2018 Wiles said his county cooperates with the federal government on a number of public safety issues related to immigration, including honoring ICE detainer requests in the jail. Samantha Schmidt,, "Texas sheriff refuses to help feds guard migrant children tent city, saying 'it's wrong'," 21 June 2018 Without any regard for the safety of its citizens, on May 10, Marion County brazenly ignored an immigration detainer and released a Mexican woman from its jail without first notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County says ICE allowed release of a woman here illegally and is blaming the county," 12 May 2018 Protection from liability isn't likely to make jurisdictions suddenly follow the detainer requests, Peters said. Sarah D. Wire,, "GOP bill would let crime victims sue 'sanctuary' cities; critics decry 'total political theater'," 15 June 2018 The Taiwanese native is being held on a detainer lodged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and will be held until his next court date. Erin Mccarthy,, "Foreign exchange student faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat," 6 June 2018 If the bad hombres were wanted for homicide, molestation or aggravated assault, there’d be something more than an ICE detainer out for them. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Casey at the bat, swinging at ‘illegals’ in Decatur," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of detainer

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detainer

Anglo-French detenour, alteration of detenir

Anglo-French detenoure, from detenir to restrain, detain, from Old French, from Latin detinere

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de·tain·er | \ di-ˈtā-nər \

Legal Definition of detainer 

1 : the act of keeping something in one's possession specifically : unlawful detainer

2 : detention in custody

3 : a notification sent by a prosecutor, judge, or other official advising a prison official that a prisoner is wanted to answer criminal charges and requesting continued detention of the prisoner or notification of the prisoner's impending release — compare extradition

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