ICE has come up with a new aggressive plan to tackle the crisis at the border.
Politico reported that Donald Trump has Democrats in a nearly impossible position on the border.
To deal with a surge of migrants crossing into the United States, the White House is asking Congress for billions of dollars in emergency funds. But House Democrats are in no mood to simply hand over the cash after condemning Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies over the past two years.
They also don’t want to ignore a mounting humanitarian crisis.
“So you create chaos, and then ask for more money?” Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said of the White House’s approach.
Still, Democrats are struggling with exactly how to confront the deteriorating situation at the southern border — particularly without legitimizing Trump’s harsh immigration stances or bolstering his argument for a massive border wall, which they’re trying to block in court.
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However, ICE is now considering deputizing police officers to help them detain illegals who have crossed our border.
ICE, the federal deportation agency, announced a new program Monday designed to give police a way to cooperate in turning over illegal immigrants even if they’re limited by slim budgets or local sanctuary policies.
Local law enforcement won’t be involved in asking about legal status or citizenship, but will have permission to detain someone for up to 48 hours to give U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a chance to take custody.
The Warrant Service Office program piggybacks on another program that already exists to train local police to enforce immigration law, known as 287(g) based on the section of immigration law that governs it.
But the WSO requires less training and the local officers won’t actually begin the deportation process. Instead the WSO is an agreement to hold targets for pickup under the ICE warrant itself.
That could answer objections of some jurisdictions who have balked at holding illegal immigrants based on their own powers.
The agreement was announced Monday in Florida, where Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri became the first to sign on.
“I see this as unchallengeable,” he said, pushing back on questions of potential legal roadblocks.
ICE says the plan will be available nationwide, but Florida appears to be ground zero, with sheriffs showing particular interest.
Sheriff Gualtieri said he’s going to have 40 of his deputies trained so at least one can be on duty at all times, ensuring they are able to respond to ICE.
Florida’s legislature has also passed an anti-sanctuary bill, which now awaits the governor’s signature.
If that bill does become law it will allow sheriff’s departments to not only hold the migrants for ICE, but even to transfer them to ICE facilities, removing the need for deportation officers to go into the field to take custody.