What is the 287(g) program?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(G) Program 287(G) Steering Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the steering committee is to

  1. Demonstrate program oversight and direction,
  2. Identify issues and concerns regarding immigration enforcement activities,
  3. Offer community stakeholders opportunities to communicate community-level perspectives.

287(G) Steering Committee Vision Statement

The vision of the steering committee is to create safer communities and improve national security by enhancing ICE’s ability to identify and remove criminal aliens by gaining an independent, community-level perspective on 287(g) operations.

About the 287(G) Program

The 287(g) program allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement.

The state or local agency receives delegated authority for trained officers to perform certain functions of immigration enforcement within the jail or detention center.

  • The 287(g) Program can only operate within the confines of the Detention Center.
  • Only offenders that have been arrested and brought to the jail are screened to check their immigration status.
  • Only an Immigration Judge or a Senior ICE Official can order the removal of a criminal offender.

The 287(g) Program can only operate within the confines of the Detention Center.

Only offenders that have been arrested and brought to the jail are screened to check their immigration status.

Only an Immigration Judge or a Senior ICE Official can order the removal of a criminal offender.

  • No immigration enforcement functions are conducted on the streets, in the community or places of employment. We do not ask questions in regard to a person’s lawful immigration status in the course of performing law enforcement functions.
  • The Sheriff has no influence on the priorities of the Program

Those Questioned About Their Immigration Status

  • 100% of all offenders / defendants brought to the Detention Center are screened, there is absolutely no profiling or selective screening based on race, ethnicity, or country of origin.
  • There has not been a single complaint regarding racial profiling, discrimination or officer misconduct related to the operation of the 287(g) Program.

Comprehensive Oversight / Supervision

  • The program has a full time ICE Program Manager
  • ICE Supervisors must review and authorize all detainers.
  • All paperwork is reviewed by ICE attorneys for legal sufficiency.
  • Offenders / Defendants are served with their immigration paperwork and proceed through a legal process until final adjudication of their case.
  • The Office of Professional Responsibility conducts routine inspections of the 287(g) program.

Cost of the 287(G) Program to the County

The following resources are provided by ICE at no cost to Williamson County.

  • Training
  • Equipment
  • Oversight

Notes: 

  • No detention center officers are dedicated to the program on a full time basis.
  • There are no direct operational costs to the agency.

Prosecutorial Dicretion

  • Is granted to criminal offenders that are in the United States illegally, but are released due to compelling humanitarian reasons on a case by case basis to include: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Serious medical conditions
  • Sole family providers
  • Nursing mothers

Detainer Totals From October 01, 2018, to September 30, 2019

WCSO DIO’s have issued 402 detainers.

Detainers Lodged Since October 01, 2018

  • We have had 10,937 inmates booked into the facility since October 1st 2018 to present.
  • We average 35 to 40 inmates daily who have a hold for ICE. Which is approximately 7% of our daily population.
  • Of the 10,937 inmates interviewed by DIO’s, 352 of those who were not U.S. Citizens but were legally in the U.S.

Countries of Aliens Processed and Served From October 01, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • Mexico 59%
  • Guatemala 15%
  • Honduras 10%
  • El Salvador 9%
  • Cuba 3%
  • Russia 1%
  • China 1%
  • England 1%
  • Other 1%

Benefits of the 287(G) Program to Your Community

  • Criminal offenders that are sentenced for serious crimes are not released back into the community to include: Sexual Offenders / Predators
  • Domestic Violence Offenders
  • Validated Criminal Gang Members
  • Crimes of Violence
  • Drug Traffickers

Closing

  • The 287 (g) Program exists to protect our local communities by providing Law Enforcement and Corrections an effective tool to enhance the safety of the public.
  • As Williamson County statistics demonstrate, the partnership has been effective in the removal of felons, gang members, and violent criminals off of our streets in Williamson County.

Additional Resources

  • If you would like a copy of the power point it can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website.
  • If you would like additional information about the 287 (g) Program stats and or inspections, you must contact ICE.

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