- An agreement was approved to financially compensate more than 18,500 immigrants who were illegally detained
- The agreement is part of a lawsuit filed in 2012 by several immigrants who were detained
- More than 18,500 people are entitled to compensation under the agreement
According to reports from the EFE Agency, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday an agreement to financially compensate more than 18,500 immigrants previously detained by ICE.
They were illegally detained in local jails to be handed over to immigration authorities, and in most cases ended deported.
The settlement is part of a lawsuit filed in 2012 by several immigrants who were held in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) jails, sometimes for months, complying with Immigration Service detention orders and Customs Control (ICE).
More than 18,500 people are entitled to compensation under the agreement, which covers detentions from October 2010 to June 2014.
During the covered period, Los Angeles County was responsible for holding more people in its jails at the request of ICE than any other county.
Most of the other states in the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California warned in a statement on Tuesday.
“Let’s let this settlement be a wake-up call for all those law enforcement agencies across the country that today continue to incarcerate people illegally for warrantless requests from ICE,” warned Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU director of immigrant rights. SoCal.
The legal complaint, known as Roy v County of Los Angeles, was filed on behalf of five immigrants, among them the Mexican Alain Martínez Pérez, who was illegally detained by the sheriffs for 6 days in December 2011 without allowing him to be hit. a bail.
Clemente De La Cerda and Christian Michel Varela, both of Mexican nationality, were also part of the initial lawsuit that was filed by the ACLU, the National Day Laborers Network (NDLON), the National Center for Immigrant Justice (NIJC), and the law firm of civil rights attorneys Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt.