Cory Booker Re-Introduces Bill to Counter ICE’s Coordination with Local Police

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Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) re-introduced a bill that would block a program from allowing local law enforcement to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain and arrest immigrants.

The presidential hopeful, along with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), re-introduced the PROTECT Immigration Act on May 14. The proposed piece of legislation would stop a controversial provision that gives ICE the ability to “contract with local law enforcement for the purposes of enforcing federal immigration law,” according to a press release from Quigley’s office. Booker had originally introduced the bill in February 2017.

On May 6, the agency announced the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, which would give local police the authority to conduct arrests and execute warrants despite local or state rules that prohibit them from doing so, according to a statement from the agency. Through the program, ICE officers have 48 hours to transfer the individual…

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