ICE Agents Can No Longer Simply Ask Yakima County Jail to Put Immigration Holds on Prisoners

YAKIMA, WASHINGTON – In a settlement, the Yakima County jail has agreed to stop handing local inmates over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers merely at their request.

The settlement — reached Wednesday — could affect other jails that may be using the same practice.

“We think it’s pretty significant because a lot of jails across the country have been using these inter-transfer agreements,” said attorney Alfredo Gonzalez, who’s with Columbia Legal Services in Yakima. “What was at issue here was protecting the constitutional rights of everyone who goes into county jail and the practice Yakima County was using really didn’t follow those constitutional rights.”

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