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Delegation of Immigration Authority Section 287(g) Immigration and Nationality Act


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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for enforcing federal immigration laws as part of its homeland security mission. ICE works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners in this mission. The 287(g) program, one of ICE's top partnership initiatives, allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.

287(g) Revisions: Updated Facts

In 2009, ICE revised the 287(g) delegated authority program, strengthening public safety and ensuring consistency in immigration enforcement across the country by prioritizing the arrest and detention of criminal aliens. (read more)

History of 287(g)

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 added Section 287(g), performance of immigration officer functions by state officers and employees, to the Immigration and Nationality Act. This authorizes the Director of ICE to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of ICE officers.

Memorandum of Agreement

The MOA defines the scope and limitations of the delegation of authority. It also establishes the supervisory structure for the designated immigration officers working under the cross-designation and prescribes the agreed upon complaint process governing officer conduct during the life of the MOA. Under the statute, ICE will supervise all cross-designated officers when they exercise their immigration authorities. The agreement must be signed by 1) the Executive Associate Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, or his delegate; and 2) depending on the jurisdiction,  a senior political entity within that jurisdiction, or the head of the local agency carrying out the designated immigration law enforcement functions, before trained local designated immigration officers are authorized to enforce immigration law.

Officer Selection Requirements

Participating officers in the 287(g) program must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Current background investigation completed
  • Experience in current position
  • No disciplinary actions pending

Training Requirements

ICE provides a four-week basic training program and a one-week refresher training program (completed every two years) conducted by certified instructors at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) ICE Academy (ICEA) in Charleston, SC.

287(g) Results and Participating Entities

Currently, ICE has 287(g) agreements with 78 law enforcement agencies in 20 states. ICE has trained and certified more than 1,514 state and local officers to enforce immigration law.

Mutually Signed Agreements
ALABAMAEtowah County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-08link
ARIZONAArizona Department of CorrectionsJail Enforcement2016-06-08link
ARIZONACity of Mesa Police DepartmentJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
ARIZONAPinal County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-13link
ARIZONAYavapai County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-08link
ARKANSASBenton County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-13link
ARKANSASWashington County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
FLORIDAClay County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-30link
FLORIDACollier County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-13link
FLORIDAHernando County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-27link
FLORIDAJacksonville Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-30link
FLORIDAPasco County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-08-22link
GEORGIABartow County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-21link
GEORGIACobb County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-30link
GEORGIAFloyd County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-02link
GEORGIAGeorgia Department of CorrectionsJail Enforcement2018-02-05link
GEORGIAGwinnett County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-30link
GEORGIAHall County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
GEORGIAWhitfield County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-08link
LOUISIANAEast Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-05-03link
MARYLANDAnne Arundel CountyJail Enforcement2017-06-19link
MARYLANDFrederick County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-08-03link
MARYLANDHarford County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-10-26link
MASSACHUSETTSBarnstable County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-25link
MASSACHUSETTSBristol County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-02-08link
MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Department of CorrectionsJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
MASSACHUSETTSPlymouth County Sheriff's DepartmentJail Enforcement2017-02-08link
NEBRASKADakota County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-16link
NEVADALas Vegas Metropolitan Police DepartmentJail Enforcement2016-06-28link
NEVADALyon County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-05-04link
NEVADANye County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-04-20link
NEW JERSEYCape May County Sheriffs OfficeJail Enforcement2017-04-10link
NEW JERSEYMonmouth County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-08link
NEW JERSEYSalem County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2016-12-08link
NEW YORKRensselaer County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-30link
NORTH CAROLINACabarrus County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-28link
NORTH CAROLINAGaston County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-30link
NORTH CAROLINAHenderson County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-02-28link
NORTH CAROLINAMecklenburg County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-02-28link
NORTH CAROLINANash County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-02link
NORTH CAROLINAWake County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-08link
OHIOButler County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-09-30link
OKLAHOMACanadian County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-25link
OKLAHOMAOkmulgee County Criminal Justice AuthorityJail Enforcement2018-01-25link
OKLAHOMATulsa County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
SOUTH CAROLINACharleston County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
SOUTH CAROLINAHorry County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-30link
SOUTH CAROLINALexington County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-11-04link
SOUTH CAROLINAYork County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-06-28link
TENNESSEEKnox County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-15link
TEXASAransas County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-30link
TEXASBurnet County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-02link
TEXASCalhoun County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-28link
TEXASChambers County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-07-17link
TEXASDeWitt County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-30link
TEXASGalveston County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-30link
TEXASGoliad County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-26link
TEXASJackson County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-01-26link
TEXASKendall County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-03-26link
TEXASLavaca County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-30link
TEXASLubbock County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2016-11-16link
TEXASMatagorda County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2017-07-27link
TEXASMontgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-28link
TEXASNueces County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-18link
TEXASPotter County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-25link
TEXASRefugio County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-28link
TEXASRockwall County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-25link
TEXASSmith County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-04-25link
TEXASTarrant County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-06-19link
TEXASTerrell County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-01-25link
TEXASVictoria County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-07-12link
TEXASWalker County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-07-20link
TEXASWaller County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-05-22link
TEXASWharton County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2017-07-17link
TEXASWilliamson County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-08link
VIRGINIACulpeper County Sheriff’s OfficeJail Enforcement2018-04-24link
VIRGINIAPrince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention CenterJail Enforcement2016-06-23link
WISCONSINWaukesha County Sheriff's OfficeJail Enforcement2018-02-08link


Complaint Process

Complaints regarding the 287(g) program will be accepted from any source to include law enforcement agencies (LEAs), participating LEA personnel, inmates, and the public. To report a 287(g) complaint please contact one of the following Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components:

  • Telephonically to the DHS Office of the Inspector General (DHS OIG). Toll free number 1-800-323-8603; or
  • Telephonically to the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at the Joint Intake Center (JIC) in Washington, D.C. Toll-free number 1-877-246-8253, or email Joint.Intake@dhs.gov; or
  • Via mail as follows:

Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Office of Professional Responsibility
P.O. Box 14475
Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C.  20044

A copy of the complaint will be forwarded to the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Review and Compliance.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/10/2018