ICE Announces the “Warrant Service Officer” Program to Deputize Local Police as Deportation Agents & Undermine Local Policies That Protect Immigrants
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.793.2267
Washington, D.C. & Miami, FL – Early this week, ICE announced a new national program to deputize local police as part of the Deportation Force with Pinellas County, Florida signing on as the first county.
The program comes just days after SB 168 — the bill forcing police and government agencies across Florida to act as Trump’s Deportation Force — passed the state legislature.
The “Warrant Service Officer” (WSO) voluntary program trains local police officers to hold immigrants for up to 48 hours to be deported by ICE, even if the local government has enacted a policy to protect their immigrant residents.
LuzHilda Campos, Deportation Defense Program Manager at United We Dream, said:
“The Trump administration since day one has only been focused on growing the Deportation Force to kick out as many Black and brown immigrants from the country. The Warrant Service Officer program will grow the Deportation Force by turning local police into deportation officers.
It is no coincidence that the first county to sign on is in Florida, where a Republican supermajority rammed SB 168 through the legislature in order to racially profile, detain and deport immigrant residents.
Our community will not back down from the work of organizing and exposing every instance of abuse and brutality committed by the Deportation Force. This is our home, we are here to stay and here to fight for the dignity of every person.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.