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How Trump Admin. Got Sheriffs to Detain Undocumented Immigrants

Plus: The U.S. Senate considers the Build Back Better Act as House Democrats urge senators to include more immigration provisions

Patrol cars in the parking lot of the Town of Hempstead's police headquarters. With resources to deal with serious crimes and over a hundred officers, the Hempstead police department is one of Long Island's largest. Credit: Brittany Kriegstein for Documented.

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The Trump administration “aggressively recruited local law enforcement partners and courted sheriffs who championed similar views on immigration policy” as it sought to advance its immigration agenda, dozens of internal ICE emails obtained by The Washington Post show. Under the Trump administration, the number of partners in the 287(g) program — which allows state and local law enforcement officers to act with federal authority in questioning, reporting and detaining undocumented immigrants — and a related program, quadrupled. “Although ICE promised that the program would focus only on serious criminals,” The Washington Post reported, “pro-immigration groups have repeatedly warned that the partnerships enable hard-line sheriffs to target undocumented immigrants leading peaceful lives.” The Washington Post

In other federal immigration news…

Senate Considers Build Back Better Act

The Build Back Better Act passed in the House on Friday, and will land next in the Senate. The House bill included various immigration measures, including granting provisional work permits to roughly 6.5 million undocumented immigrants through parole. The cost of this would be more than $100 billion over ten years, the Congressional Budget Office estimated. But it’s still “unclear that the policy will comply with the Senate budget rules,” NBC reports. The Senate parliamentarian has already rejected two immigration provisions brought forth by Democrats which would have offered a path to citizenship. NBC News

House Dems Call on Senate to Expand Immigration Protections 

Almost half of House Democrats asked the Senate to increase the immigration protections in the Build Back Better Act, which has passed in the House, before the upper chamber votes on it. In a letter, House members led by Democratic Reps. Jesús García (Ill.), Lou Correa (Calif.), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), Grace Meng (N.Y.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(N.Y.), “urged Senate leaders to reinstate a pathway to citizenship in the Senate version of President Biden‘s signature social spending and climate bill.” In the letter, lawmakers asked the Senate to include a pathway to citizenship. The Hill

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio is a Report for America Corps Member who covers immigration for Documented, where she focuses on immigration courts and detention.



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