ACLU accuses Madera County of violating open meeting law and changing immigration policy behind closed doors – LA Times

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Monday, alleging that it violated California’s open meetings law when it changed an immigration-related policy behind closed doors.

In March, the supervisors increased cooperation between the county’s jail and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In a March 30 press release, Madera County Dist. Atty. David Linn announced that the board had unanimously instructed the director of the county’s department of corrections to “fully comply with all ICE requests.”

Under the new policy, jail leaders must notify ICE when immigrant inmates are being released and schedule times for ICE agents to pick them up. Linn told Valley Public Radio in April that ICE is interested in any immigrant who has committed a felony.

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