Despite feverish anti-ICE sentiment and some high-profile defections, the Trump administration has quietly managed to expand the number of jurisdictions that have agreed to scour their jails and cooperate with Homeland Security to spot migrants with criminal records who should be deported.
The number of participants in what’s known as the 287(g) program, which trains local authorities to begin the deportation process, has shot from 36 on Inauguration Day to 142 now.
All told, the population covered by cooperating cities and counties has surged from about 22 million to 31 million.
A major defection did happen Tuesday, as Prince William County — once one of the poster-child jurisdictions — ended its 13 years of cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Matt Albence, acting chief of ICE, said the agency doesn’t have the personnel to scour the county’s jails 24 hours a day — something the deputies were able to do under the cooperation agreement. Now. now some of