Ending 287(g) In Texas

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The 287(g) program allows designated local law enforcement officers to enforce civil immigration laws. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the 287(g) program led to more than 7,000 deportations in 2018. 

There are currently 25 287(g) agreements in Texas, all of which began under the Trump administration. This is on top of the requirements of assistance to ICE imposed by SB4, which mandates that local law enforcement agencies help ICE with any reasonable request for assistance at any time. However, nothing in SB4 requires that a city or county begin or renew a 287(g) agreement. Ending 287(g) contracts is an essential first step to disentangling local law enforcement from ICE.