IMMIGRATION: San Bernardino County sheriff renews 287g agreement

San Bernardino County has renewed an agreement with the federal government for a program aimed at identifying jail inmates who are in the country illegally. County supervisors Tuesday approved the new agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with no debate. San Bernardino County is one of about three dozen departments nationwide that participate in ICE’s 287g program, and under which ICE trains sheriff’s deputies and other employees on how to determine whether inmates may be in the country illegally. ICE agents then make further queries. Inmates found to be living in the country illegally are held for possible deportation after they leave jail. A number of immigrant-rights and Latino organizations oppose 287g, cheap saying it singles out Latinos for questioning and leads the deportation of minor offenders and people arrested but not convicted of crimes.