Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced a new program that would allow local law enforcement officers to start arresting and temporarily detaining immigrants on behalf of the agency, even if established local policies prevent them from doing so.
Local jurisdictions that join the new program will be temporarily exempted from any local or state rules preventing them from cooperating in immigration arrests or detention, and allow them to execute arrest warrants issued by ICE, according to an agency release.
ICE will have 48 hours to transfer any immigrant arrested and detained under the program into its custody, or the immigrant will be released.
President Trump announced Sunday that he will nominate former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan, who led the division during the final months of the Obama administration, as the new head of ICE.
I am pleased to inform all of those that believe in a strong, fair and sound Immigration Policy that Mark Morgan will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE. Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
Former acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello resigned last month after the president said he wanted to take the agency in a “tougher” direction.
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