ICE and Local Cooperation: Spotlight on States

Local law enforcement officials face major decisions regarding the extent to which they will cooperate with ICE and assist the federal agency in enforcing federal immigration laws.

This was on full display during the 2018 elections: Immigration policy proved a dividing line in races for sheriff and county executive nationwide, and candidates promising to restrict local cooperation with ICE were elected around the country.

This series explores the landscape of county-level ICE cooperation, and efforts to reform those ties, in specific states. It has a specific focus on ICE’s 287(g) program, one of the strongest relationships that a jurisdiction can have with ICE, but it also looks at other policies like detention contracts and sheriff policies on ICE detainers.