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Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office Partnership with ICE Approved

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Police by on December 20, 2017 0 Comments • views: 93

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s office has received approval for participation in Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

This approval authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deputize selected state and local law enforcement officers to enforce selected federal immigration law. ICE will provide the officers with training and authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate to further detain immigration offenders already in their custody.

The goal of this program is to enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings by issuing charging documents on potentially deportable criminal aliens booked into the jail facility.

Sheriff Cummings stated, “The 287(g) program is all about identifying criminality, not nationality. The 287(g) agreement we requested to be a part of operates under a jail enforcement model, which functions solely within the confines of our jail in Bourne. Under this model an alien must first be arrested by local law enforcement on other criminal charges and brought to the facility before any 287(g) screening activity takes place. We look forward to working closely with our ICE partners to improve the public safety of Cape Cod.”

 

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