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Oregon city ends jail contract with ICE

June 26, 2018
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Protesters listen Monday June 26, 2018 on the steps of Springfield City Hall to Johanis Tadeo with the the Sprinfield Alliance for Equity and Respect, discuss the impact of the contract between Springfield and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Springfield City Council voted unanimously Monday to end the ICE contract with the Springfield Police Department that allows the agency to house immigrants who are living in or entering the country illegally in the Springfield Municipal Jail. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield has terminated a deal with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allows the agency to house immigrants who are living in or entering the country illegally in the Springfield Municipal Jail.

The Register-Guard reports the Springfield City Council voted unanimously Monday to end the ICE contract with the Springfield Police Department.

ICE had been allowed to rent up to five of the jail’s 100 beds at a time for inmates transferred there from other ICE detention centers.

Community members and activists have spoken out in protest against the ICE contract for months.

A City Council memo says the jail housed 92 ICE detainees last year. The jail held 40 to 50 ICE detainees a year in previous fiscal years.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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