ICE, local law enforcement partnerships spike in Texas

A federal training program that enables state and local law enforcement agencies to assist immigration authorities in enforcing immigration law saw the largest peak of applicants in recent years.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Tom Homan formally announced 18 new 287(g) agreements established with law enforcement agencies in Texas at an event Monday in Grapevine.

The agency now has 60 active 287(g) agreements, which is nearly double the number of active programs in 2016. All current agreements operate under a jail enforcement model, which operates solely within the confines of a jail.

The bulk of Texas sheriffs whose partnerships with ICE were formally announced this week are constituents of Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.

And that’s no coincidence, Farenthold said.

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