Calif. City Barred From Using Prisons To Detain Immigrants
By Alyssa Aquino (July 15, 2020, 5:17 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge blocked the City of McFarland from moving forward with plans to convert local prisons into immigrant detention centers run by GEO Group Inc., finding that advocacy groups posed "serious questions" on whether the public was properly notified.
U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley issued the temporary restraining order on Tuesday after a limited briefing where the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Freedom for Immigrants claimed that the city council modified use permits to allow federal immigration detention at two state prisons without sufficient notice, and only after soliciting public feedback in a teleconference hearing beset with technical...
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