LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County will not participate in a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program that would allow local law enforcement officers to arrest and temporarily detain immigrants in the U.S. illegally on behalf of the agency, even if local “sanctuary” policies prevent them from doing so.

Under the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, local law enforcement officers would be allowed to conduct immigration arrests regardless of any local or state rules that prevent them from cooperating and allow them to execute arrest warrants issued by ICE, according to a statement from ICE.

So far only one jurisdiction in Florida has agreed to join the program, but authorities say there is interest in the WSO program from “several other local law enforcement agencies” and “additional signings are expected soon.”

In a statement released Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said LASD would not participate in the WSO program to “keep a line of separation between local law enforcement action and federal immigration policy.”

In 2015, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the removal of federal immigration agents from county jails, but also asked Sheriff Jim McDonnell to continue to cooperate with ICE.

Orange County announced in March its jails would no longer house ICE detainees in order to use that space for mental health services.

Upon signing a WSO agreement, a participating local law enforcement agency nominates officers to receive training from ICE certified instructors to perform WSO functions. Upon successful completion of an ICE background investigation on all nominated candidates, federal credentials that reflect their authority will be provided to them once training is completed.

Participating jurisdictions will fund the cost of travel and officer pay associated with training, the agency said.

WSO officers will only make arrests within the confines of the jail at which they work, and ICE will still issue immigration detainers with partner jurisdictions. If ICE does not take the alien into custody within 48 hours, the individual must be released, according to the agency.

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“This program gives sheriffs the legal support to help federal law enforcement keep dangerous criminal illegal aliens out of their communities,” said National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jonathan Thompson. “It will not only decrease sheriff’s liability but will give them the proper training to enforce the law.”

But some civil rights groups such as the ACLU say the initiative is “just the latest scheme by ICE to enlist local police in its abusive deportation agenda.”

“The agency explicitly aims to subvert the will of local communities that have passed ordinances to prevent exactly this kind of cooperation between police and ICE,” said Lorella Praeli, deputy political director at the American Civil Liberties Union. “Participants would be forced to carry the financial burden of ICE’s aggression, potentially costing the state millions in operational expenses and legal fees.”

Authorities say the program was prompted by requests from the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs of America, which asked for a program limited in scope that would allow jurisdictions prohibited from honoring immigration detainers to cooperate with ICE.

Comments (2)
    Lets see, we have Democrat / Socialist / Activist / Lawyers in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming top the USA…..”credible fear.” Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible before assisting in border security (if ever).

    The current migration at our border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant? Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you’re child but will also give you state government assistance.

    TPS / DACA
    To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

  2. Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Elimination of ICE
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -The green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise Minimum Wage
    -Have adolescents vote
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.
    -Convicts, Terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s mouths.

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