King Co. councilman moves to bar ICE jail holds

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County councilman has introduced a measure that orders authorities not to honor federal jail holds of immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

But the proposed county measure does not apply to people in jail with records of violent, serious, or sex crimes. The exemption also applies for people who have four or more serious traffic offenses, such as drunken driving.

King County councilman Larry Gossett says it's time the county has a clear position on immigration holds, but also to align practice with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's stated goals of focusing on immigrants with criminal records.

ICE has said their jail programs targets immigrants who have committed crimes.

The measure would have to be approved by a majority of the county council.