Area sheriffs break down I.C.E. partnership

Today, sheriffs from Refugio, Goliad, Jackson, Victoria, Dewitt, Lavaca, Wharton, Aransas, Waller, and Chambers counties gathered in Wharton, Texas for a press conference to address immigration issues that have been discussed in their respective counties.

The press conference discussed the partnerships between the sheriffs office and ice, which is being referred to as 287-g. Sheriff Louderback of Jackson county clarified the new laws in place regarding undocumented immigrants being taken into custody after committing a crime and being turned over to I.C.E. Louderback explained that individuals must commit a crime that sends them to jail in order for them to be investigated by ice and that law enforcement is not actively patrolling the streets for individuals they believe to be undocumented.