The new agreement adds a provision that says all local agency personnel are bound by federal civil rights laws and puts penalties in place for agencies that fail to follow the agreement. It requires ICE to do background checks on all Prince William police officers participating in the immigration enforcement unit.Undocumented immigrants who commit less serious crimes, such as larceny, burglary and fraud, and have never come in contact with ICE before, will "most likely" be released after serving their sentence and will have a federal court date. ICE may hold them, however, if resources are available.
This type of standardization is long overdue. While it would be preferable if ICE were in charge of immigration issues, and local law enforcement were in charge of local crimes. Short of that, this is a step in the right direction.