For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.793.2267
Washington, D.C. - Nearly a week after ICE announced the “Warrant Service Officer” (WSO) program, which trains local police officers to hold immigrants for up to 48 hours to be deported by ICE, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) re-introduced the PROTECT Immigration Act, legislation that would put an end to the voluntary contracts that allow Sheriffs to deputize local police as deportation agents.
LuzHilda Campos, Deportation Defense Program Manager at United We Dream, said:
“For many people, family separation begins at county jails run by Sheriffs that are eager to have local police work as the Deportation Force.
But deputizing local police as deportation agents comes with consequences for all: police are emboldened to racially profile county residents who “look” or “sound” like immigrants; fear and distrust become the hometown slogan; and our money is used to fund a witch hunt on our neighbors.
By eliminating the 287(g) program entirely, we move closer to the vision that we have for our communities: a country where all people of color can live without fear of detention and deportation, while we invest in education and healthcare so they can thrive.”
Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director at United We Dream, said:
“The PROTECT Immigration Act is one clear solution to protect immigrants and people of color from Trump’s growing Deportation Force. The 287(g) program serves no other purpose than to siphon local resources into the racist business of targeting and deporting a community’s residents, taking away fathers, mothers, spouses, and friends.
The new Democratic majority must continue to introduce and pass legislation that acknowledges that immigrants and first-generation Americans are here to stay and that protects them in their homes across the country.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 500,000 members, five branches with over 100 affiliate organizations across 28 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. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.