ICE Program Allows Local Authorities to Arrest Immigrants

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced a new program that will allow local law enforcement officers to arrest and detain immigrants.

In a statement on Monday, May 6, the agency announced the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, which would allow local police to execute arrest warrants and temporarily detain immigrants on behalf of ICE. Local law enforcement agencies that join the program would be allowed to conduct arrests despite local or state rules that prevent them from doing so, according to the statement.

Following the arrest of an immigrant through the program, ICE will have 48 hours to transfer the individual, or they will be released.

“Policies that limit cooperation with ICE undermine public safety, prevent the agency from executing its federally mandated mission and increase the risks for officers forced to make at-large arrests in unsecure locations,” acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said in the…

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