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.

 

Latest Stories

Ponca City Public Schools Holiday Concert is Thursday December 2nd

PCPS- The Ponca City Public Schools Elementary, Middle, Advanced Philharmonic and Symphony Strings Orchestras will present...

Former Oklahoma Teacher Charged With Rape After Alleged Relationship With Student

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Oklahoma –  Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a former elementary school teacher in Pottawatomie County...

3 Arrested At Marijuana Grow Operation After Garvin Co. Deputies Received Reports Of Person Being Dragged On Road

ELMORE CITY, Oklahoma –  Three employees at a Garvin County marijuana grow operation, later determined illegal,...