Some residents protest Tulsa County immigration contract renewal
The Associated Press - June 11, 2019 4:08 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Some residents are protesting the Tulsa County Sheriff’s decision to renew a partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to investigate people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Tulsa County Commissioners heard arguments Monday over the move to remain in ICE’s 287g programs through next summer. The 287g programs deputize local law enforcement for duties that are typically performed by ICE agents.
Opponents are calling on commissioners to reverse the decision.
Critics say deputizing local officials to screen people is profiling and will make immigrants less likely to report crime. Many also question whether local taxpayer money should be spent elsewhere.
Sheriff Vic Regalado says the federal agency gives the county $5 million each year.
Regalado and other supporters argue the program targets immigrants who have committed serious crimes.