Restore the Secure Communities Program

Current Status: Fulfilled

As of

"We will restore the highly successful Secure Communities Program. Good program... We will expand and revitalize the popular 287(g) partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails that we don't even know about. Both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this administration. And those were programs that worked."

- Donald Trump speech, Phioenix, AZ, August 2016

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows the Department of Homeland Security to deputize state and local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of federal immigration agents.

A set of directives released in February 2017 by the Department of Homeland Security director John Kelly directs the ICE and Border Patrol to revive the 287(g) program.

To maximize participation by state and local jurisdictions in the enforcement of federal immigration law near the southern border, I am directing the Director of ICE and the Commissioner of CBP to engage immediately with all willing and qualified law enforcement jurisdictions that meet all program requirements for the purpose of entering into agreements under 287(g) of the INA.
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