Auditor: King County allowed ICE to access jail information

SEATTLE (AP) — A report from the King County Auditor says Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers continued to access an online jail database more than 1,000 times after the county passed a law in February 2018 prohibiting the sharing of personal information with immigration officials without a warrant.

The Seattle Times reports that in doing so, the officers were able to see photos, physical descriptions, addresses and aliases for more than 40,000 bookings into King County jails.

In some cases, the report released Tuesday said jail officials also collected citizenship information.

Jorge Barón, executive director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, called the revelations “profoundly disappointing and disturbing.”