Illinois' law ending immigration detention in 2022 hits snag


January 2, 2022

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois law aimed at ending federal immigration detention in the New Year has hit another legal snag, delaying a change immigrant rights activists had celebrated as historic.

Local governments in Illinois cannot enter into new federal agreements allowing jails to house immigrant detainees and must end old ones in 2022 under the law signed in August by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Other states including Maryland and New Jersey have enacted similar laws.

Three Illinois counties with such federal agreements faced a Jan. 1 deadline to end contracts. While one in downstate Illinois c...

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