The 287(g) program, a program that allows deputies to identify and place detainers on illegal criminal aliens for U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officially began November 16, 2009.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department made official application for the 287(g) program on March 3, 2008 and our application was approved by the Department of Homeland Security and ICE on July 10, 2009. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed in October and 18 deputies left in mid October for four weeks of training.
The deputies assigned to the program identify illegal criminal aliens under the supervision of an ICE agent and place detainers on them for ICE. Those inmates are then turned over to ICE for deportation proceedings once their local charges are adjudicated.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department does not deport anyone. The only time a person’s immigration status is checked in Gwinnett is if they are arrested and brought to jail. At that point, their status is checked and if they are in the country illegally, a detainer is placed for ICE.