Los Angeles to pay $14 million to immigrants who were illegally detained by police
*The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay a $14 million settlement to immigrants who were unlawfully detained by the LosAngeles County Sheriff's Department.
*Between 2010 and 2014, more than 18,500 people were held past their release date from jail at the request of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
*"Let this settlement be a wake-up call to all those law enforcement agencies around the country that today continue to jail people unlawfully at ICE's warrantless requests," Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants' rights at the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement.
*南加州美国公民自由联盟(ACLU)移民权利主任珍妮·帕斯夸雷拉(Jennie Pasquarella)在一份声明中表示：“让这项和解给全国各地的所有执法机构敲响警钟。今天，这些执法机构继续应ICE的未经授权的要求非法监禁人们，”珍妮·帕斯夸雷拉(Jennie Pasquarella)是南加州ACLU的移民权利主任。
Los Angeles County leaders have agreed to pay out a total of $14 million to nearly 19,000 immigrants who were illegally detained by the sheriff's department.
In a class-action lawsuit against the county, lawyers charged that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, violated the US Constitution by jailing immigrants past their release date, sometimes for months at time, on behalf of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In 2018, a US federal judge ruled that such immigration detainers, or "ICE holds," were essentially arbitrary arrests.
"Let this settlement be a wake-up call to all those law enforcement agencies around the country that today continue to jail people unlawfully at ICE's warrantless requests," Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants' rights at the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement. "They should stop or be held liable in damages to all the people they've unlawfully detained."
The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by Duncan Roy, a British filmmaker who was denied bail over an ICE hold and spent three months in jail, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As of 2020, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will only detain an immigrant past their release date from jail if ICE obtains a warrant approved by a judge.
"This settlement will likely contribute to a growing trend where local jurisdictions are taking appropriate steps to kick ICE out of their prisons, jails, and courthouses," Chris Newman, legal director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said in a statement. "[I]t is now clear that its coercive practices expose local governments to financial liability."
国庆劳工组织网的法律总监克里斯·纽曼(Chris Newman)在一份声明中表示：“这项和解协议可能会推动一种日益增长的趋势，即地方司法机构正在采取适当措施，将ICE赶出监狱、监狱和法院。”国庆劳工组织网的法律总监克里斯·纽曼(Chris Newman)在一份声明中表示。“现在很明显，它的强制做法让地方政府承担了财政责任。”