Local sheriff’s discuss partnership with ICE
We have previously reported on a partnership in the Crossroads between ICE and different sheriff’s offices.
This all coming about because of section 287-g, the delegation of immigration authority in the immigration and nationality act.
But what does this mean and how will it be applied?
We reported seventeen undocumented immigrants were found locked inside a truck in Texas on Sunday.
The tractor-trailer was parked at a truck stop in Edinburg near the U.S. Mexico border. Police made the discovery after someone called from Mexico, concerned that their relative was getting too hot in the truck. The immigrants – all found alive – were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Romania. Officials detained two Cuban immigrants who operated the trailer.
This of course very similar to the incident in San Antonio we reported on last month in which ten illegal immigrants died after being smuggled across the border in the back of a trailer.
U.S. authorities have detained 13 immigrants who were found inside that trailer as potential witnesses in the criminal investigation but being witnesses for the prosecution could offer benefits in and of itself.
With more on section 287-G and an explanation of this agreement, our Leigh Waldman joins us in the studio.
Monday, 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 sheriff’s 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 ICE. 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.
Louderback also explained that there are three types of visas available for eligible undocumented persons.
Victims of a crime are eligible for an a Visa, witnesses of a crime are eligible for a Visa and victims of human trafficking are eligible for a Visa. All of Visas are on a case to case basis and depend on the ice investigation.
Now what does this mean for the 17 individuals who were found recently in the back of a truck in Edinburg, TX? Those cases are going to be examined by ICE to determine if those people were smuggled willingly, or if they were in fact being trafficked.