SOUTH SIOUX CITY | The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has asked federal officials for permission to deputize jailers to enforce U.S. immigration laws.
The sheriff’s office is the first agency in Nebraska and one of only 60 nationwide to apply for a federal program known as 287(g). The program authorizes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies to allow officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions after the officers complete specialized training.
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Dakota County Sheriff Chris Kleinberg downplays the impact of the program, saying it will help his department more efficiently process undocumented workers who have been arrested and incarcerated in the county jail.
But critics of