SAN FRANCISCO (AP) –– Sonoma County authorities have agreed not to volunteer information about people arrested solely on traffic violations to federal immigration authorities as part of a lawsuit settlement.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said Wednesday that the county sheriff’s department would cease participating in field operations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless agents refrained from making arrests solely based on immigration status.

The ACLU says the department also agreed not to volunteer information to ICE about people being held solely on traffic violations or for driving without a license.

The ACLU sued the county in 2008 with the Committee for Immigrant Rights of Sonoma County alleging unlawful detentions and racial profiling of Latinos.

Sheriff Steve Freitas says the settlement puts on paper what the department’s practice has been.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. Ed says:

    The title of this article should read:

    Sonoma County Sheriff Settles “IIlegal Aliens’ ” Lawsuit.

  2. The_Truth says:

    Somebody should sue the ACLU for promoting and advocating the breaking of this countries laws.

  3. Rich says:

    I was in Sac County traffc court a couple years ago waiting to see the judge to have a personal minor infraction settled, which it luckily was in my favor. Just prior to my name being called from among an overflow crowd of defendants of all stripes, 11 illegal aliens (all Hispanic males) were brought before court and offered a deal. Presumably, their plea bargain en masse had been arranged by DA and judge with use of a single interpreter for quicker “justice.” If they would plead guilty to a single count of various individual offenses (among various like DUI, recklass driving, fleeing vehicle accident, etc.) all would have any other charges dropped (including some facing additional felonies) yet the fact of driving without a license or,being in USA illegally – NOT MENTIONED AT ALL! Ironcially, a young male African-American citizen sitting next to be had been called up earlier and was cited for driving with suspended license (fined), felony evasion (jail time) and several other counts which got him even more time. Poor ‘bro didn’t have a chance with no ACLU, DA or judge willing to give him the slightest break like they gladly offered the big motley crew of “illegals.”

  4. timatoe says:

    Amazing the ACLU sues the Sheriff’s Office to make them STOP enforcing the law. So at what point do US Citizens get the right to force the Govt. to START enforcing the law?

  5. john says:

    That is exactly whyillegals never commit felonies here. They just send them home. I propose we turn the border into a wild game shooting area, and collect money for the defecit to get a licence to shoot them.

  6. Dave says:

    The ACLU sues the Sheriff’s Office to make them STOP enforcing the law. So at what point do US Citizens get the right to force the Govt. to START enforcing the law? Exactly, These corrupt government officials should be deported with the ILLEGAL dirt.

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