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January 31, 2019

A state district court judge Thursday approved class-action status for ACLU-MN's lawsuit against Nobles County and its Sheriff, who have been detaining people for ICE without legal authority.

The following statement can be attributed to American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota Legal Director Teresa Nelson:

“We are pleased by the judge’s ruling today, which allows our lawsuit to move forward as a class action. Nobles County and its Sheriff have held immigrants for ICE without the proper authority. And the county is doing this even after people have posted bond, had their cases dismissed, completed their sentences or been released on their own recognizance. We believe this disgraceful policy violates state and federal law, including our Minnesota Constitution, and it must end.”

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