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07/31/2019

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ERO, OPLA leadership meet with Florida Sheriff's Association to strengthen partnerships

The ICE leadership team meeting with the Florida Sheriff’s Association were (from left to right) Assistant Field Office Directors Conrad Agagan, Sean Stephens, Garrett Ripa, Cardell Smith, acting Field OfficeDirector Mike Meade, Deputy Field Office Director Jim Martin and Office of Principal Legal Advisor OPLA Orlando Chief Counsel Ian Fiske.
The ICE leadership team meeting with the Florida Sheriff’s Association were (from left to right) Assistant Field Office Directors Conrad Agagan, Sean Stephens, Garrett Ripa, Cardell Smith, acting Field Office Director Mike Meade, Deputy Field Office Director Jim Martin and Office of Principal Legal Advisor OPLA Orlando Chief Counsel Ian Fiske.

TAMPA – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) met with all Florida sheriffs at this week’s Florida Sheriff’s Association meeting.

“Our partnerships with jurisdictions across Florida allow us to better meet our public safety enforcement mission,” said ERO Miami Acting Field Office Director Mike Meade, for the Miami Field Office of ERO. “This is an example of law enforcement working together to make communities safer by keeping criminal aliens off our streets.”

The sheriffs were interested in the Basic Ordering Agreement, Warrant Service Officer program, 287g and Intergovernmental Service Agreements.

Florida recently passed Senate Bill 168 relating to “federal immigration enforcement; prohibiting sanctuary policies; requiring state entities, local governmental entities, and law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law; authorizing a law enforcement agency to transport an alien unlawfully present in the United States under certain circumstances; and prohibiting discrimination on specified grounds, etc.”

The ICE leadership team meeting with the sheriffs included Meade, OPLA Orlando Chief Counsel Ian Fiske, ERO Miami Deputy Field Office Director Jim Martin and Assistant Field Office Directors Garrett Ripa, Conrad Agagan, Sean Stephens and Cardell Smith.

Since 1893, the Florida Sheriffs Association has been the voice of Florida's sheriffs, 67 men and women united in the service of protecting Florida's citizens and visitors.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/13/2019