LA Sheriff's Unconstitutional Immigration Program

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully detained immigrants based on warrantless requests from federal immigration authorities, violating the Fourth Amendment. Because nonfederal officers can only detain immigrants based on... Read more
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully detained immigrants based on warrantless requests from federal immigration authorities, violating the Fourth Amendment. Because nonfederal officers can only detain immigrants based on suspected criminal activity and not for suspected civil immigration violations, the department lacked the authority to hold the individuals — arrested on unrelated criminal charges — in custody beyond the point they were due to be released from jail. Read less
Los Angeles, CA ( Federal)
April 21, 2018
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May 9, 2018

The decision issued in Roy v. County of Los Angeles and Gonzalez v. ICE holds the LASD liable for violating the Fourth Amendment rights of thousands of inmates it detained without probable cause of any crime, including some who were held for days after they should have been released. It also holds that the LASD... Read more

May 9, 2018

The decision issued in Roy v. County of Los Angeles and Gonzalez v. ICE holds the LASD liable for violating the Fourth Amendment rights of thousands of inmates it detained without probable cause of any crime, including some who were held for days after they should have been released. It also holds that the LASD unconstitutionally incarcerated thousands of individuals with low bail amounts who would not even have been booked into jail if it were not for unconstitutional immigration detainers. Based on this decision, members of both classes may be entitled to monetary damages.

The decision issued in Gonzalez v. ICE holds that ICE's practice of issuing detainers based on evidence of a person's foreign place of birth and no other information about a person's citizenship or immigration status violates the Fourth Amendment. It also holds that its practice of issuing detainers without obtaining an administrative warrant violates its own statutory arrest authority. The decision entitles a national class of people currently subject to immigration detainers to relief from their detainers.

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