And the Secretary for Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, has started a review of these agreements. In May, he terminated agreements with two county prisons, Georgia and Massachusetts, which was under investigation into whether they had mistreated immigrant prisoners. Other agreements could also be terminated in the coming months.
“For several decades now, immigrant leaders have demanded a total disentanglement between local law enforcement and federal law enforcement over immigration,” said Simon Y. Sandoval-Moshenberg, lawyer at Legal Aid Justice Center. “I think the appointment of these two gives a lot of people hope that we could actually see real, concrete action on this front.”
On the contrary, liberal groups appear poised to place unrealistic demands on Mr Biden’s candidates for ICE and customs and border protection, using the highest language to express their visions.
“The entire federal immigration system needs to be redesigned to lead with the concept that migration is a human right, and a commitment to replace the deportation-centric immigration system with one that embraces equity, diversity and equity, ”said Laura Peña, attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Customs and border protection and ICE were at the center of some of the Trump administration’s most controversial policies, accused of racial profiling, excessive force and inhumane treatment of those in detention. The agencies were among a dozen people Mr. Trump turned to last summer in an attempt to “dominate” protesters protesting police brutality.
These are also issues that Chief Magnus and Sheriff Gonzalez faced in their own departments.
Last year, Chief Magnus offered to step down after two Latino men died in the care of his department. One of the men was naked, handcuffed and face down, and said he could not breathe. When the mayor refused to review the department’s practices, the chief called in an outside group to do so. Some groups criticized Chief Magnus’ handling of the situation, saying he took too long to publish relevant footage.
Sheriff Gonzalez, in 2018, fired a deputy who shot dead an unarmed man, violating the department’s policy on the use of force.