Sheriffs sue Illinois over law on immigrant prisoners

Posted at 8:18 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 21:18:40-04

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of sheriffs is suing Illinois to halt a 2017 state law that bans local law enforcement from detaining people based on their immigration status without a court-ordered warrant.

The lawsuit names Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul as a defendant. It states that the law called the interferes with authorities' ability to respond to detainers issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The sheriffs say it's exposed them and their offices to litigation over the years. The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigrant Justice Center called the suit “a thinly veiled attempt to justify ongoing violations of the law.”