In addition to detention costs, municipalities also have legal responsibility for those detained in their local prisons. ICE inmates are requests for people to be detained in a local prison or prison beyond their otherwise legitimate detention period. Due to the diversity of state detention decisions, 287 g agreements may be in violation of the law if an ICE detainee is complied with. Local law enforcement agencies could be held accountable if the detainee is detained for more than 48 hours, if the court is aware of it by an ice detainee, or if the detainee is mistakenly placed on a citizen. Federal law gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to impose the federal immigration law and was created after 111 in response to the fear and paranoia of future terrorism. DHS and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement („ICE“) sub-administration enter into agreements with public or local law enforcement agencies to remove the police as federal immigration agents, in order to co-opt local resources in ICE`s work with little training and complete responsibility if something goes wrong. The agreements, commonly known as „287 (g) agreements,“ come from the section of our federal immigration laws, which allow for the formation of these partnerships. This partnership allowed former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to terrorize the Latinxs in Maricopa County, AZ. In June 2020, Prince William County terminated a decade-long 287 (g) agreement with ICE, mainly due to the impact on the local budget, day-to-day operating costs and maintenance costs. Local courts are reacting. In February 2017, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced that Harris County, Texas, would terminate its 287 (g) agreement and instead direct the $675,000 cost to improve assistance rates for serious crimes. In addition, a group of 63 police chiefs and sheriffs of the immigration force act sent a letter to Congress formally declaring their opposition to the pressure on localities to sign 287 (g) agreements.
When Rita Cote, a resident of Lake County, Florida, a court that had a 287 g agreement, called the police to report that her sister had been the victim of domestic violence by her then boyfriend, Rita was finally arrested and detained miles away from her husband and children. , all U.S. citizens. She was eventually released and reunited with her family. Danny Sigui, an immigrant from Guatemala living in Providence, Rhode Island, was deported after helping to charge a murderer with important testimony. Before his deportation, Sigui was asked if he had come forward if he knew it would lead to his deportation. He said, „If I had known that they would take my liberty, that they were going to take my children from me, that they would put me in immigration detention, I would not do it.“ And while Providence County itself did not agree 287 (g), Danny Sigui`s case shows the pitfalls of involving local police with the enforcement of immigration services by the Confederacy. Local police officers are not prepared to act as immigration officers in local prisons.