Cook County (Again) Refuses to Honor ICE Detainers Cook County, Illinois, rejected a request to negotiate terms under which County jails would transfer custody of illegal aliens to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under a 2011 ordinance approved by the Cook County Board, County jails will continue to ignore requests by ICE to detain illegal aliens who have been arrested for other crimes, and will instead release them back into the community if they post bond.
Arizona Bravely Defends SB 1070 Before the Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on April 25 in a case involving Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, known as SB 1070. SB 1070 was approved by the Arizona Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010 in response to the federal government’s failure to effectively enforce immigration laws. Four provisions of SB 1070 have been blocked from taking effect by a federal district court and by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.