Ogle and Stephenson County Sheriffs Facing Lawsuits From Advocacy Groups

Ogle and Stephenson County Sheriffs Facing Lawsuits From Advocacy Groups

The ACLU of Illinois and other advocacy groups have sued two county sheriffs for alleged violations of the TRUST Act, which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.

According to the Associated Press, Its part of an effort announced Thursday to monitor law enforcement compliance of the 2017 law prohibiting local police from holding a person on an immigration detainer unless there’s a judge-signed warrant.

The lawsuits allege sheriffs in Stephenson and Ogle counties unlawfully detained immigrants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after minor traffic offenses. Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders’ attorney says its clear county employees complied with laws. The Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said they received notice of the lawsuit and are currently reviewing all options with legal counsel.

Activist Mony Ruiz-Velasco says authorities “cannot view the TRUST Act as optional.”

Republican former Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law in 2017 with backing from law enforcement. Democrats supported the idea.