The Obama administration instituted policies that led to what is now known as “sanctuary cities”, which created situations that made it difficult for state and local police to hold criminal illegal aliens under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment waivers if their government decided to ignore them.
ICE has now announced a new program which allows sheriffs to become deputized to serve ICE warrants to criminal aliens while in custody.
ICE announced the creation of this new partnership which intends for local law enforcement that wants to honor immigration detainers but cannot because state and local policies that limit their cooperation.
It is called the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program that was launched during a signing with the Lieutenant Governor of Florida Jeanette Núñez, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Jonathan Thompson the National Sheriff’s Association Executive, and ICE Deputy Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) David Marin.
It works by allowing the WSO officer to serve and execute an administrative warrant and make arrests on behalf of ICE. The agency will have up to 48 hours to conduct a transfer of custody unless there is an Intergovernmental Service Agreement. If ICE is unable to take the alien into custody the individual must be released. WSO officers can only make an arrest within the jail they work.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, “There is no dilemma about people who are here illegally and committing crime — they are criminal illegals who must be removed from this country… This is entirely about public safety and law enforcement working together.”