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Lawsuit: Immigration checks at Maricopa County jail unlawful

PHOENIX (AP) – An activist arrested during a protest against President-Elect Donald Trump earlier this year has filed a lawsuit alleging the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office unlawfully held her overnight for a federal immigration check even though she is a U.S. citizen.

Jacinta Gonzalez Goodman filed the suit in federal court in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Activists say they hope incoming sheriff Paul Penzone will end the agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allows the sheriff’s office to place holds on inmates while ICE checks for immigration violations. Penzone handily defeated Arpaio last month.

Gonzalez Goodman was arrested on March 19 while she and fellow protesters blocked off a road in protest of a Trump rally. She was held overnight on an ICE hold while others arrested during the protest were let go.

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