Many of the immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at their facility in Richmond have been transferred out of state due to the termination of the federal agency's contract with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, according to the Contra Costa Immigrant Rights Alliance.
Sheriff David Livingston announced the termination of the contract last month, warning that the people detained could be relocated to facilities as far away as Colorado or Hawaii, but that it had become expensive and time consuming to manage protests outside the Richmond facility.
According to the CCIRA, the detainees in question have primarily ended up in Colorado and Washington.
Tony Bravo, a spokesman for CCIRA, said Tuesday that immigration activists would have preferred to see things unfold differently, with Livingston calling on ICE to release their detainees held into Contra Costa County.
In a statement issued this morning, the organization called these transfers a "retaliatory move" by the Trump administration.
CCIRA and the Immigrant Liberation Movement will be hosting a news conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. outside ICE's San Francisco field office at 632 Sansome St. following a hearing for Hugo Aguilar, one of the detainees still being held in Richmond, according to Bravo.
Sheriff Livingston declined to comment on the statement CCIRA issued Tuesday.