DHS Cuts Off Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Access To ICE Programs
The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement just cut off the Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Office’s access to the Secure Communities program and terminated an agreement which lets them detain individuals in the country illegally after their initial arrest.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement that the decision was based on the Justice Department’s findings of discriminatory policing practices by MCSO and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
‘Discrimination undermines law enforcement and erodes the public trust. DHS will not be a party to such practices,’ Napolitano said. ‘Accordingly, and effective immediately, DHS is terminating MCSO’s 287(g) jail model agreement and is restricting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office access to the Secure Communities program.’
The 287(g) jail model agreement is the program which allows officers to screen individuals they arrest for immigration status and put detainers on them once they have been booked into jail. The restrictions on Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Office means that when the office sends data into the FBI after they book someone they wouldn’t get any data back about their immigration status back.