LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Union Pacific Railroad police will no longer work with the Immigration and Customs Agency (ICE) to arrest and detain people, the ACLU said on Monday.
The policy change occurred after the ACLU and several immigrant rights groups sent a letter to Union Pacific in March 2019, alleging that the railroad police had arrested people for decades and then forwarded them to ICE.
The Union Pacific Police Department – an agency that monitors 32,000 miles of track in 23 states – will stop working with ICE to arrest and arrest people, the ACLU said in a press release.
According to their new policy, which came into force in March, the UP police force will not use a person's "suspected immigration status" as a factor in detention, not require a person to disclose their immigration status, and will not "order" the person to issue immigration documents submit ”or“ Contact a federal immigration authority to report the person ”.
In addition, ICE reached an agreement before a federal court in Los Angeles on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that no documents are provided that provide evidence of its relationship with the UP police.
After the lawsuit was filed, ICE submitted more than 250 pages of arrest records made by the UP police in collaboration with ICE, the ACLU said.
As part of the settlement, ICE pays legal fees of $ 15,000 and the lawsuit is dismissed.
"UP's collaboration with ICE threatened immigrant families and contradicted the California Values Act," said Jessica Bansal, a lawyer with ACLU, in a statement. "We are pleased that the new policy is severing relations with ICE and will monitor closely to ensure that the problematic practices uncovered by the FOIA lawsuit do not return."
The letter of request sent to the UP police last year came from a coalition that included ACLU SoCal, the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture, the Los Angeles Coalition for Human Immigration Rights, ecclesiastics and laypeople for economic justice, Bend the Arc Jewish Action belonged. Palestinian Youth Movement and El Centro Cultural de Mexico.
The lawsuit against ICE was filed on behalf of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, the Immigration Clinic of the Western State College of Law, the Public Counsel and the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project.
There was no immediate comment from Union Pacific.
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