House Democrats advised President Biden’s administration to stop programs at the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that permit local and state police to act as Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
60 Democrats want DHS to end the 287 (g) program, which allows DHS to contract with local
and state police departments to enforce immigration laws, effectively working as ICE agents.
The 287 (g) program started before former President Trump took office. It was expanded under
the Trump administration to receive more help from state and local departments to help ICE
deport more illegal immigrants.
Democrats also asked Biden’s administration to end the Secure Communities program, which
former President George W. Bush created. Secure Communities allows federal agents to access
fingerprints of individuals booked in jail by state and local authorities. The program violated
the constitution and a number of federal and state privacy laws. Former President Barack
Obama stopped this program in 2014, but an executive order in 2017 by former President
Trump restarted it. Democrats requested that the DHS stop asking for information on when an
individual is being released from jail and to stop issuing illegal detainers to state and local
authorities. These detainers tell authorities to hold a detainee for ICE for up to 48 hours past
when they are supposed to be released in their criminal case. The Biden administration is
currently reviewing their policies and practices regarding immigration enforcement.
If you have any questions regarding how this may impact your case, please call Pikes Peak
Immigration to schedule a consultation or a meeting.