Illinois’ law ending immigration detention in 2022 hits snag

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FILE – In this June 10, 2021 file photo, a pair of migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico to Yuma, Ariz., to seek asylum. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ plan to end federal immigration detention in the New Year has hit another legal snag.

Under a law signed in August, local governments can’t sign new agreements with federal immigration authorities and must end old ones to detain immigrants.

The three counties with such contracts faced a Jan. 1 deadline. One center in downstate Pulaski County has already transferred or released detainees, but two others involved in a lawsuit have a temporary extension to Jan. 13 while the case is being appealed.

After the lawsuit was dismissed last month, a federal judge issued a stay Thursday.

Immigrant rights activists call the law historic but others are critical saying ending contracts creates new complications such as moving detainees farther from family and legal help.

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