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Federal Government Pays Texas Counties to Track Immigrants

Posted/updated on: July 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Several Texas counties have found a way to profit from working with federal immigration officials in tracking and detaining immigrants who are living in the country illegally. Eight counties have joined a federal program that allows sheriff’s deputies to become certified immigration officers. Four of those counties — along with six others not in the certification program — allow federal agents to stash detained immigrants in their jails, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday. At least 16 counties nationwide participate in both programs. Lubbock County recently started having deputies certified as immigration officers under a program named 287(g) for the law that created it. It also collects $65 daily per immigrant it houses after detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With federal pressure on illegal immigration growing, immigrant advocates worry that more counties will act to participate in both programs.


Federal Government Pays Texas Counties to Track Immigrants

Posted/updated on: July 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Several Texas counties have found a way to profit from working with federal immigration officials in tracking and detaining immigrants who are living in the country illegally. Eight counties have joined a federal program that allows sheriff’s deputies to become certified immigration officers. Four of those counties — along with six others not in the certification program — allow federal agents to stash detained immigrants in their jails, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday. At least 16 counties nationwide participate in both programs. Lubbock County recently started having deputies certified as immigration officers under a program named 287(g) for the law that created it. It also collects $65 daily per immigrant it houses after detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With federal pressure on illegal immigration growing, immigrant advocates worry that more counties will act to participate in both programs.


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