Judge won’t dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s effort to force a privately run immigration jail to pay its detainees minimum wage for work they perform can continue, after all.

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma said last month that he intended to dismiss the case, and he invited state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and lawyers for the GEO Group, which runs the detention center, to comment on a proposed order he planned to file.

Upon reviewing those further arguments, the judge said Wednesday he won’t issue his proposed order after all, and the case can continue.

The Trump administration had urged Bryan to dismiss the lawsuit, calling it “an aggressive and legally unjustified effort by the state of Washington to interfere with federal immigration enforcement.”