COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Officials in Colorado have renewed an agreement to hold inmates for federal immigration authorities despite a legal challenge.

The El Paso County commissioners unanimously approved a one-year extension of the deal with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday.

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The American Civil Liberties Union sued to try to stop the program on behalf of two men who were held for ICE after they posted bond. Earlier this year, a judge ordered them released as the lawsuit is considered.

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Sheriff Bill Elder has criticized ICE for not stepping in to provide legal support. However, The Gazette reports that he says the agreement is still a “value tool” to hold people in the country illegally who have been charged with a crime.

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