18 Texas sheriffs join forces with federal immigration officers
Austin, TEXAS —
Eighteen counties in Texas have entered into new pacts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allow local officers to enforce federal immigration laws, officials said Monday.
The agreement is called a 287(g) agreement. With 19 local entities on board, Texas accounts for almost one-third of the 60 pacts nationwide.
The arrangement between agencies effectively streamlines the removal of foreign-born people targeted by ICE. Counties will nominate officers for special training in jails to better identify immigrants who should be deported; in areas without such pacts, immigration enforcement is a federal matter.
ICE has made about 66,000 arrests since January, and 72 percent of those arrested had a criminal history.
The following counties announced their new 287(g) partnerships: