Measure to end controversial county contracts with ICE has stalled

The bill failed to make it out of committee recently, leaving some to wonder how much genuine support there is for it

Controversial contracts over housing undocumented immigrants in some of the state’s county jails are still at the center of a bitter debate, with contentious public protests by activists that even led to some elected officials requesting restraining orders.

Newly-proposed legislation would ban local governments from getting into these kinds of contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, but the bill has stalled in the Legislature. The deals with ICE generate a lot of cash for host counties and some advocates say that’s a big reason the bill may not gain support.

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