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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

ACLU Sues to Halt Out of State Transfers of Immigrant Detainees From OC Jails

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Back on Mar. 27, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes announced that his agency planned to get out of the jail bed space business with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But that didn’t mean the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) ever sought to swing open cell doors at Theo Lacy Facility in Orange or James A. Musick Facility in Irvine, allowing immigrant detainees to reunite with family. Instead, the OCSD noted that “those individuals housed on behalf of ICE will most likely be transferred outside of California.”

Confirming as much, ICE has 120 days to clear out of OC jails, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a lawsuit today seeking to stop them from shipping immigrant detainees out of state.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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