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Judge strikes blow to US immigration enforcement tactics

Posted at 8:00 AM, Feb 08, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge has prohibited U.S. immigration authorities from relying on databases deemed faulty to ask law enforcement agencies to hold people in custody, a setback for the Trump administration that threatens to hamper how it carries out arrests.

The ruling applies only to parts of California, But it includes a federal operations center near Los Angeles that makes hold requests in 42 states and two U.S. territories.

From May 2015 to February 2016, 771, or 6%, of 12,797 requests that ICE issued were either for U.S. citizens or people who were not subject to deportation.