Social justice groups protest county jail and ICE arrangement

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two social justice groups are speaking out against the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Members of the Showing Up for Racial Justice and the University of Virginia's Dreamers on Grounds oppose the county's voluntary policy of notifying ICE when suspected undocumented people are in jail.

In a recent heated meeting of the ACRJ Board, the board put off a decision on changing county policy.

But community activist Andrea Negrete says the county should not be working with ICE.

"It's been clear over and over again that ICE is not accountable to local communities," she said. "ICE is not accountable to our community, the jail board should be accountable to us and members of the community "

The jail board will be discussing this issue again at its November meeting.

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