Many local governments, including those who are otherwise pro-immigrant, go above and beyond to make it easier for ICE to detain and deport immigrants. When local law enforcement engages in federal immigration enforcement, trust between the local community and the police is damaged. When immigrants think the police are ICE and “out to get them,” they stop reporting criminal activity out of fear of repercussions. And when the local police are spending their time enforcing Federal civil immigration laws, they have fewer resources at hand to do their actual jobs. This makes everyone less safe and contributes to the dehumanization of our immigrant brothers and sisters. We are committed to supporting communities throughout Virginia to push their local officials to stop doing ICE’s dirty work for them.
Together with other organizations, we successfully persuaded the Fairfax County sheriff to cancel Fairfax’s Inter-Governmental Service Agreement with ICE that would have pushed more people into removal proceedings, and we helped persuade the Alexandria Juvenile Detention Center not to renew its contract with the federal government to detain immigrant kids.”
We organized a campaign that resulted in the Fauquier County Sheriff deciding not to enter a 287(g) agreement with ICE, a program that allows local officials to be deputized as ICE agents. And while we failed to convince the Culpeper County Sheriff not to enter the 287(g) program, we mobilized great community support and made it clear to sheriffs across Virginia that they won’t be able to institute these types of policies without a major fight.
We are advocating and organizing in key Virginia locations including Arlington, Alexandria, Charlottesville/Albemarle, Henrico, and Norfolk to end the practice of jail personnel actively coordinating and sharing information with ICE to help ICE arrest immigrants.
Read our report, ICE on the Harbor, about Norfolk City Jail’s partnership with ICE.
Your support helps us to keep ICE out of our communities and protect immigrant families.