Court Orders Release of 22 Medically Vulnerable Detainees
A federal court has ordered the release of 22 people who are being held in immigration detention in county facilities in PA because they are at heightened risk of serious illness or death if they contract COVID-19.
Senate Bill 10 (P.N. 2096) removes decision-making power from local law enforcement by prohibiting certain immigration-related policies while also mandating potentially discriminatory and unconstitutional compliance with federal immigration agencies. The bill grants standing to residents to sue a municipality with a prohibited policy (as defined under SB 10). If a municipality is sued and loses, localities must also pay steep fines. If a municipality is sued for due process or Fourth Amendment violations, the Attorney General's office must represent the municipality and the state will indemnify the municipality for all costs, damages, and fees.