Tell Congress: Stop local law enforcement from doing ICE’s dirty work. Pass the PROTECT Immigration Act.



Across the country, more than 80 jurisdictions in 21 states have entered into controversial 287(g) jail deportation agreements between local law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These agreements deputize local police and sheriffs to work on ICE's behalf, causing them to:

  • Racially profile people who look or sound “like immigrants,” or have “suspicious” names, and interrogate them to determine their immigration status.

  • Search and use ICE’s database to put people who come into contact with local police for minor non-immigration offenses into the deportation pipeline.

  • Issue ICE detainers (or “immigration holds”) to hold a person for up to 48 hours to give ICE time to pick up and transfer the person to a detention facility, even if local charges are dropped.

Ultimately, 287(g) deportation agreements exacerbate the crisis of racial profiling and xenophobia, endangering immigrant communities and communities of color. In the first 16 months of the Trump administration, local law enforcement agencies have helped ICE expand its reach to unprecedented levels, helping deport more than 12,000 immigrants through these agreements. Since the program's inception in 2006, ICE and its police deputies have torn apart countless immigrant families and communities, damaging trust and cooperation with local law enforcement.

As communities nationwide have rejected ICE’s unprecedented expansion, ICE has rolled out new versions of the failed program, pushing for local governments to join “Warrant Service Officer” (WSO) programs – a new iteration of 287(g) agreements designed to re-create the days when sheriffs held people on unlawful detainers everywhere. Ending all 287(g) agreements is a critical step to keeping our communities safe and stopping Donald Trump's white nationalist agenda.

And there is much that we can do.  

On May 14, Rep. Quigley and Sen. Booker re-introduced the PROTECT Immigration Act which would eliminate 287(g) agreements nationwide in one fell-swoop. All agreements expire on June 30, which is why we're teaming up with immigrant rights and progressive groups to highlight how dangerous these agreements are and demand that communities don't renew them and stop subsidizing Trump’s deportation force using local tax dollars.

Building national momentum for the PROTECT Immigration Act is a key piece of that work. Add your name now to demand that Congress take action to stop the Trump regime from using local law enforcement to carry out its racist deportation agenda once and for all.  

Tell Congress: Stop local law enforcement from doing ICE’s dirty work. Pass the PROTECT Immigration Act.

Petition Sponsors:

18 Million Rising, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Blue Future, CASA, Center for American Progress, Church World Service, Color Of Change, CREDO, DailyKos, Demand Progress, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Immigrant Justice Center, People's Action, Presente, Progress America, Project South, RAICES, UndocuBlack, United We Dream, Women's March National

To: Congress
From: [Your Name]

End all 287(g) ICE agreements by passing the PROTECT Immigration Act now.