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If a detainee has a diplomatic Visa and no expiration date on their I-94 can ICE still keep a hold on them?

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also would ICE have record of this person status based on their name and other identification

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Depends on whether they have diplomatic immunity or not.

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Mr. Ferrari is correct. Not all people with diplomatic visas have diplomatic immunity.

Plus, a 'hold' isn't the same thing as being under arrest.

Yes, ICE will have a record of the hold ... but don't need to talk to anyone about it ... except for an 'official' representative of the Consulate/Embassy of the person's nationality.

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Yes, of course it can, until it investigates whether he is covered by diplomatic immunity or not. His embassy / consulate better be notified and asked to immediately intervene.

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