Proposed ordinance could keep some illegal immigrants from being deported

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SEATTLE — King County council members will hold a public hearing Tuesday for a controversial plan that could keep federal authorities from deporting some illegal immigrants being held in jail.

Right now, immigrants booked into the county jail are handed over to federal immigration authorities, often whether they have been charged or not. They are frequently held in the jail for 30 days or more while authorities study their case and determine whether or not to deport them.

If passed, the ordinance would bar a hold on people who haven’t been charged with a crime or those charged with minor infractions like traffic violations.

The public hearing on the proposed ordinance is at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers.

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  • guest

    If they are illegal they HAVE committed a crime! Why is deporting them even a question? Would like to see a list of how each council member voted on this.

    • Chris

      Agreed. They want to pick and chose which laws they want to follow. Why is this even being discussed? Deport illegals and be done with it. What benefit does this have to the WA tax payer?

      I love how they hold the public meeting right in the middle of the day so people with jobs are not able to voice their concerns. Of course, those supporting this probably are not working anyway..