Today the Los Angeles County Supervisors voted to end it 287(g) contract by a vote of 3-2. 287(g) was a program that allowed collaboration between the local sheriff’s deputies and federal immigration officials in Los Angeles County jails. Immigration agents and county jail staff would screen inmates convicted of certain crimes to be referred to immigration authorities.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
“Under the 287(g) agreement, federal immigration agents work daily inside the Twin Towers jail alongside jail employees trained by ICE. Each month, they interview dozens of inmates about their immigration status. Those who they determine to be deportable may be apprehended by waiting ICE agents once they are released from the jail.
Last year, jail staff screened more than 13,000 inmates under the program and about 300 were ultimately taken into custody by immigration agents, according to sheriff’s officials.
While the supervisors appear poised to end the 287(g) contract, a majority of them also appear ready to back a new jail program being rolled out by the immigration agency.”
The new program that the Los Angeles County Supervisors will replace 287(g) with is the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). With this program, federal immigration agents can ask local law enforcement to notify them when a non-U.S. citizen in their custody is going to be released. Local law enforcement agencies will still fingerprint information with federal immigration authorities.
Immigration advocates are in the process of trying to figure out how exactly PEP differs from the previous program, Secure Communities.
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