ICE announces partnerships with 18 Texas jails
Aug. 2, 2017 at 9:42 p.m.
Updated Aug. 2, 2017 at 9:50 p.m.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday the signing of partnerships with 18 local law enforcement entities in Texas, including the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.
With Victoria County representatives signing an agreement with ICE on July 12, all counties of the Crossroads are now participating in the 287(g) program, according to an ICE news release. And with 60 partnerships currently on the books, the number of agreements in 2017 has already about doubled those in 2016.
Through that program, local jail employees receive free training to better determine which inmates ICE has requested be detained, according to ICE's website.
On Monday, Texas law enforcement representatives, including Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback, attended an event in Grapevine marking the announcement.
"The 287(g) program is about identifying criminality, not nationality," Louderback said. "The common bond in professional law enforcement is a public safety partnership, and those who stand here today have chosen the best possible path to protecting their communities."
Local jail employees are allowed to perform screening duties, which are normally conducted by ICE employees, after finishing a four-week training program, according to ICE's website.
Louderback said his office sent a jail employee for program training in June.
With the addition of 18 Texas memberships, the number of local law enforcement entities participating in 287(g) has risen to 60 in the U.S., according to an ICE news release.