FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2016
After months of public outcry to demand an end to the costly cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says he will sign an agreement between our sheriff’s office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to extend the 287(g) program.
State Senator Sylvia Garcia, SD6 in Houston, reacted:
“This program holds immigrant inmates without due process in our courts. It tears families apart and criminalizes vulnerable communities. 287(g) creates a double tax on Harris County residents to pay for federal immigration enforcement. Further, it will legitimize if not legalize racial profiling, negatively impacting many of my constituents and their families.
Moreover, because of the increased cost implications and legal obligations placed on the County, contracts like this must be approved by Commissioners Court. This has been the legal precedent and practice, and in the best interests of transparency and accountability should be the practice today. The sheriff must seek approval from Commissioners Court for this contract. I call on Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan to step up and reiterate this clear legal precedent.”