Activists sue 2 sheriffs over alleged TRUST Act violations

CHICAGO (AP) — Advocacy groups including the ACLU of Illinois have filed lawsuits against two county sheriff’s departments for alleged violations of the TRUST Act, which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.

The groups say it’s part of an effort announced Thursday to monitor law enforcement agencies for compliance of the 2017 that law prohibits local police from holding a person on an immigration detainer unless there’s a warrant signed by a judge, among other things.

The lawsuits allege sheriff’s departments in Stephenson and Ogle counties unlawfully detained several immigrants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after minor traffic offenses.

The sheriffs didn’t immediately return messages left Thursday.

Activist Mony Ruiz-Velasco says authorities “cannot view the TRUST Act as optional.”

Republican former Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the TRUST Act in 2017 with backing from law enforcement. Democrats widely supported the idea.